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Disruption: Why Things Change

David Potter


Disruption is about radical change—why it happens and how. Drawing on case studies ranging from the fourth century AD through the twentieth century, we look at how long-established systems of government and thought are challenged, how new institutions are created, and new ideas become powerful. While paying attention to the underlying political, intellectual, economic, and environmental sources of social disruption, we will see that no matter what similarities there might be between forces that shake different societies, these underlying factors do not dictate specific outcomes. The human acto ... More

Keywords: liberal democracy, Christianity, Islam, socialism, eugenics, Nazism, Bolshevism, media, war, constitutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197518823
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197518823.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Potter, author
Francis W. Kelsey Collegiate Professor of Greek and Roman History and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan