Week of July 25, 2022
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Ian Morris, in a manuscript submitted to the Journal of Social Computing, evaluates the data collection/generation efforts at the Seshat project, arguing that we need a more flexible category of social organization than the “polity” to evaluate how the Greeks developed “collecting computing” technologies: government, money, infrastructure, information system, and texts. He also argues that the “big question” in studying the so-called “Axial age” is why large, coercion-intensive empires Old-World Axial Age is why some of its large, coercion-intensive empires absorbed the small, capital-intensive city-states that developed these technologies.
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