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    Title: Alternative futures of China: A macrohistorical approach
    Authors: Jeanne Hoffman
    Keywords: China;Macrohistory;Alternative futures;Sima Qian;Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar;Pitirim Sorokin;Oswald Spengler
    Date: 2014-03
    Issue Date: 2016-04-22 13:47:22 (UTC+8)
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Abstract: This paper is an heuristic application in understanding China's alternative futures by looking at the deeper patterns of history and social change developed by four macrohistorians: Sima Qian, Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, Pitirim Sorokin and Oswald Spengler. It questions the dominant perspective on the future that the Western liberal and consumerist system will endlessly rise. By using macrohistorical perspectives, distance is created from short-term economic and political projections allowing a view of the stages of history, the broader shape of the future through space and time, which provides another way to think about China's alternative futures. Four alternative futures are developed. In the first future, there is a regime change, with moves towards democracy and greater human rights. In the second future, there is a Golden Age for China and the world with major scientific, political and cultural achievements. In the third future, change is material and shallow, and in the fourth future there is collapse, not just of China's rise, but also of the world capitalist system.
    Relation: Futures 57, pp.14-27
    DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2013.12.006
    Appears in Collections:[Master's Program, Graduate Institute of Futures Studies] Journal Article

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