The Civilization Grand Model

The Civilization Grand Model

Andrew Targowski (Haworth College of Business, USA)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 44
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-004-2.ch001


The purpose of this study is to develop a comprehensive model of generic civilizations and world civilization, applying the cybernetic technique of analysis and synthesis. Identifying the role of information-communication processes is particularly important for this quest, because these processes strongly influence the progress of civilization at the beginning of the 21st century. Three models, developed by Braudel (1993), Toynbee (1957), and Koneczny (1962), serve as both justification for this type of study and the foundations for a new model. The spectacular progress in technology and living standards achieved by mankind at the beginning of the third millennium prompts research on the grand view of the human condition. Numerous questions need to be answered: 1. What is a civilization? 2. What types of civilizations can be recognized at the beginning of the third millennium? 3. What are the relationships between any particular civilization and the world civilization? 4. What is the role of information and communication in a civilization? 5. What types of laws rule any particular civilization and the world civilization? 6. What are the prospects of the world civilization? Answers to these questions should help us to understand our current condition and the direction of its improvement or perhaps mankind’s further well-being.

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