Around the world today you see societies in varying degrees of stability and instability. Looking back throughout history, we may be able to identify certain patterns in how societies develop, change, fall into crisis, and evolve into new phases of development. In this episode of the “Great Unraveling?” series, Daniel Hoyer joins Laurie Laybourn-Langton to explore these cycles and what they might mean for us in the coming years and decades.
Dr. Daniel Hoyer is senior project manager at the Seshat: Global History Databank, which is an international, multidisciplinary effort to gather information from historical societies in order to test different hypotheses about the rise and fall of large-scale societies across the globe and throughout history. Dan received his Ph.D. from New York University.