A theory for formation of large empires*

@article{Turchin2009ATF,
  title={A theory for formation of large empires*},
  author={Peter Turchin},
  journal={Journal of Global History},
  year={2009},
  volume={4},
  pages={191 - 217}
}
  • P. Turchin
  • Published 1 July 2009
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Global History
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