That being said I should repeat this is a profound book. His illustrations and historical examples of various networks are mind boggling, and bring into focus how a small dot in history presents conditions as they truly are. Es fallen dem geneigten Leser wenige Themen ein, die nicht behandelt werden. They fanned Islamic fundamentalism to cause internal strife in British colonies such as India which were at war with Germany. The specific companies are not the problem, which would exist with other companies with different names and leaders. Further, the conclusion seemed to indicate that society has more to fear from wild networking than from hierarchies, but I am not convinced of that at all. We learn that Paul Revere was one of several midnight riders that fateful night, but it was his superior networking technically explained with nodes, and edges, and degrees that has kept his personal legend alive.
Wo aber Regulierung ist, entbrennt der Drang, ihr zu entkommen: es entsteht Revolution. As redes sempre existiram, ainda que com menor voracidade e rapidez do que algumas que existem por estes dias. There are some very Interesting parts, and as you move through history, you see networks form, power shift, and influence spread. This is a big book in many ways. Sadly, I lost interest and will not be finishing. Makes it seem that some historical movements were simply inevitable, regardless of hierarchical actions taken to prevent them from spreading. The science and history behind networks was fascinating, and it was interesting to see how the interaction between networks and hierarchies shaped history.
But what if that's simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? Drawing on the best modern scholarship, this book seeks to rescue the history of networks from the clutches of the conspiracy theorists, and to show that historical change often can and should be understood in terms of precisely such network-based challenges to hierarchical orders. There are some unresolved tensions in this narrative. Popular fiction is rife with conspiracy theories and secret societies. Alas, I do not think this is one of them. With this oppressive overreach of the hierarchy, how could the networks in the fringe corners of the internet not respond? Kerensky's provisional government in Russia was too lenient and not competent enough to tackle the Red menace.
Book went on Interesting concept of networks vs hierarchies. It's about orders from on high. He name checks, among others, Francis Fukuyama, Graham Allison, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Robert Rubin, and Marc Andreesen. As a software engineer steeped in the theory and practice of networks, I was deeply impressed by this book's insights. In short, the administrative state represents the last iteration of political hierarchy: a system that spews out rules, generates complexity, and undermines both prosperity and stability.
This book has a feeling of b I am a big fan of Niall Ferguson's writing. So providing you can keep up with Niall as he leapfrogs from one century to the next, from one luminary to another - you are in a great company. That the Illuminati are grossly overrated is not to say that networks have not often been important. The French had a different kind of Revolution: networking brought down the aristocracy, allowing for the rise of Napoleon, which networking among the people brought down again. I requested this book when I saw it on NetGalley because history is a subject that I find fascinating, and the blurb interested me.
Printed on fine, heavy paper, it weighs about as much as a cinderblock. The narrative history content is often presented at a gallop, with some debatable generalisations and interpretations. His short chapters are lucid snapshots of a world history of Towers and Squares, filled with gracefully deployed learning. This book is wide-ranging and all-encompassing and explores all sorts of networks but I still felt at the end that I hadn't actually learnt much nor had my ideas changed in any way. Almost nobody reports to him and he is a member of no relevant hierarchy. The influence of the internet is discussed as are the trade guilds of the 18th Century. For it is networks that tend to innovate.
What was perhaps most interesting is the sheer power of networks and how once a network is utilized, no authoritarian power can really manage it. The author introduces some new concepts such as betweenness centrality which finds significance in network analysis. The final section offers some of his comments about how we should use both hierarchies and networks in the current environment. However, he left the topic completely untouched other than to say Russia does it. And it offers a bold prediction about which hierarchies will withstand this latest wave of network disruption--and which will be toppled. And it is through networks that revolutionary ideas can contagiously spread.
Throughout history, hierarchies housed in high towers have claimed to rule, but often real power has resided in the networks in the town square below. At the same time, German cells were trying to interfere in Russia's governance: To an extent that most accounts still underrate, the Bolshevik Revolution was a German-financed operation, though it was greatly facilitated by the incompetence of the Russian liberals. Em contraponto à Praça existe a Torre, ou as estruturas hierárquicas que detêm o poder. We all know about Moore's law and the declining costs of technology - but Gutenberg's invention reduced the cost of printed materials by a larger amount - the effect on economies at the time was significant. Warning: The Square and the Tower is doubly dense. In 400 pages you will have restocked your mind. He argues that there was a determined effort to change the American approach to social services with some significant consequences.