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A Historical Database of Sociocultural Evolution

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A Historical Database of Sociocultural Evolution. / Turchin, Peter; Whitehouse, Harvey; Francois, Pieter; Slingerland, Edward; Collard, Marc.

In: Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2012, p. 271-293.

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Turchin, P, Whitehouse, H, Francois, P, Slingerland, E & Collard, M 2012, 'A Historical Database of Sociocultural Evolution', Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 271-293. <https://escholarship.org/uc/item/2v8119hf#>

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Turchin P, Whitehouse H, Francois P, Slingerland E, Collard M. A Historical Database of Sociocultural Evolution. Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution. 2012;3(2):271-293.

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Turchin, Peter ; Whitehouse, Harvey ; Francois, Pieter ; Slingerland, Edward ; Collard, Marc. / A Historical Database of Sociocultural Evolution. In: Cliodynamics: The Journal of Quantitative History and Cultural Evolution. 2012 ; Vol. 3, No. 2. pp. 271-293.

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