The marxist view of world history has often been criticized here. Its theory of epochs of production modes doesn’t really work. We can recommend a simple outline. ‘Decoding World History’ is a short study of world history whose basic outline is useful.
We have discussed the issue of history and a science of history many times here, and a recent essay at Aeon, link below, discusses all the trials, in the usual confusion of ‘theories’ that haunts all efforts toward a science of history.
I have always been frustrated in trying to explicate the way the eonic effect points to the core riddle in what is probably the only way to a science of history even if that result remains in the future: our data is still incomplete. ALL the efforts to produce a science of history have failed for reasons a discussion of the ‘eonic effect’ suddenly makes obvious. Apart from anything else the subject requires reading a huge number of books and at a time when many can’t even remember who FDR was the data for ancient civilizations seems a lost cause. But specialized historians don’t read enough in a balance of all times and places on the planet for ten thousand years.
But the issue of a science of history has been a puzzle mostly because the data was lacking, but the rise of modern archeology has clarified the matter to the point where we begin to see a hidden dynamic at work, its connection to ‘evolution’ and the real problems with a science of history which we can glimpse but which is still in the future.
This issue of the eonic effect is important in and or itself and because it points to the dangerous future now confronting mankind. The eonic effect is an empirical base and very solid. The interpretation is another matter.
This short book is going to be a commentary to the original edition of World History and the Eonic Effect and will try to make the subject comprehensible in fifty pages or less. It is still a bit rough but the material may as well be made public in its closing draft form.
The day is coming when history can be studied on the Internet, and it almost arrived with Google Books: you need to be able to read books in bulk over a huge range of history. But for reasons of copyright etc, the Google project stopped but the point is clear: we need sometime soon the equivalent of a university library on the net, free of charge.The amount of information needed to absorb the eonic effect is very considerable and it is not surprising no one can find a science of history. They never read up on the subject…