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Quantitative historical analysis uncovers a single dimension of complexity that structures global variation in human social organization.

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Do human societies from around the world exhibit similarities in the way that they are structured, and show commonalities in the ways that they have evolved? These are long-standing questions that have proven difficult to answer. To test between competing hypotheses, we constructed a massive repository of historical and archaeological information known as "Seshat: Global History Databank." We systematically coded data on 414 societies from 30 regions around the world spanning the last 10,000 ...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1073/pnas.1708800115

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Oxford college:
Magdalen College
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University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Anthropology
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Publisher:
National Academy of Sciences Publisher's website
Journal:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal website
Volume:
115
Issue:
2
Pages:
E144-E151
Publication date:
2018-01-01
Acceptance date:
2017-11-16
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EISSN:
1091-6490
ISSN:
0027-8424
Pmid:
29269395
Source identifiers:
809653
Language:
English
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pubs:809653
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uuid:1de98e2f-bb26-4c94-8dd0-92d0c430d674
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pubs:809653
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2018-02-26

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