Acceleration of History: Causal Mechanisms and Limits

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Leading Researcher, professor
Institute for Philosophy and Law, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences
Novosibirsk State University
Address: 2, Pirogova st., Novosibirsk, 630090, Russian Federation
Journal nameObshchestvennye nauki i sovremennost
EditionIssue 6

The problem of history acceleration is considered not in the traditional manner of numerical extrapolation but through a theoretical analysis of causative mechanisms, the relationship with the known trends of social evolution. The factors contributing to the emergence of such innovations are as follows: 1) the demand for innovation; 2) the concentration of creative individuals and groups, the competition between them; 3) the intersection of several previously autonomous creative networks; 4) social conditions for the survival of innovation, absence or weakness of reduction factors; 5) suffi cient breadth and density of communications for diffusion. Factors of a deeper casuative layer are revealed. The main lines of modernization according to R. Collins (secularization, bureaucratization, capitalist industrialization, democratization) as well as the role of globalization and ward are considered in terms of history acceleration. It is shown that some factors have stopped the action, while others contribute, rather, to the polarization between societies.  

Keywordsacceleration of history, historical dynamics, innovation, secularization, bureaucratization, industrialization, capitalism, democratization, creative networks, human regimes, domination, wars, globalization
Publication date17.12.2015
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