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Very Different, But Much the Same: The Evolution of English Society Since 1714

W. G. Runciman


The book brings to bear on the history of England’s political, ideological, and economic institutions over the past 300 years the concepts of current evolutionary theory, in which collective human behaviour is analysed as the acting-out of information transmitted at the three separate but interacting levels of the biological, the cultural, and the social. In this approach, social change (or its absence) is traced to the variation and selection under external pressure of the information that defines the roles by which social institutions are constituted. Since the early eighteenth century, Engl ... More

Keywords: evolution, power, practices, selection, adaptation, institutions, England, memes, systacts, revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712428
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712428.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

W. G. Runciman, author
Trinity College Cambridge