http://history-and-evolution.com/: we have produced a large number of books this year and all have open source pdf versions as listed at this website.
The books adopt the perspective of the eonic effect which is a strange approach to world history and evolution via a new type of dynamic systems model. I advocate that the world of (marxist) leftists move beyond historical materialism’s reductionism and crypto-teleology in its stages of production theory along with its feuerbachianism (which can easily be updated, the left needs a religious critique), and finally its dialectical confusions, to some kind of new and updated set of perspectives. The left needs to get cracking and get this done asap.
Personally i recommend using the so-called eonic model from WHEE: this model has an immense number of advantages but is at first a bit daunting:
the model can be simplified to a frequency hypothesis and then reduced to a chronology of world historical eras or epochs
these epochs resemble a generalized punctuated equilibrium pattern and show a pattern of transitions inside these epochs
the epoch of modernity phases in with the early modern (1500 to 1800) in the frontier zone of a subset of Europe and is the successor to the axial age and its epoch
this transition rapidly generates a global oikoumene which now has a capitalist framework but the modern transition clearly generates a counterpoint socialism and the progression of the world system beyond capitalism was a potential indication from the start
the eonic effect is this set of epochal transitions and probably goes back to the neolithic or before
the model gives expression to an ‘evolution framework’ in the general category of ‘evolution’ and can be used to highlight the problems plaguing darwinism
the model shows a meta-teleological system which is both directional and yet open to free agency
in fact the model shows a resemblance to questions raised by the kantian teleomechanists who are the real founders of a theory of evolution
the modern also expresses well the basic idea of lamarck on evolution as a process on two levels
the model makes economic history a subordinate process inside the larger history and this allows free agents to modify such systems: there is no absolute stage of history called capitalism
the world system at the full tide of globalization is predicted to begin a shift beyond capitalism and the prophecy of the early socialists/ marxists remain relevant…
This model is neither material nor spiritual gives ample leeway to discuss religion, adopts the endpoint perspective of modernist secularism, and automatically enforces a complex disciple of counterpoint opposites.
this model is highly flexible and requires no dogmatic conversion or belief: a model is a model, if it helps to clarify the data we use it provisionally to clarify our circumstance. Ordinary views of world history are so far off that the discovery of a non-random process behind world history is a caution to our false views of scientific history.
This model can help to extricate thought from the false ‘end of history’ delusion about the inevitability of markets. Much of the marxist canon remains of use, e.g. the critiques of ideology, class struggle, etc…
You are already using a simplified version of the eonic effect (why do you use the term ‘modern’ or ‘middle ages’, etc…?)
This model is thus useful even under negation: you can try and apply a critique but you rapidly discover its meaning under negation (e.g. the system is teleological, the system is not teleological…). you shoot the model full of holes and it still remains more or less the same because it is based on patterns of data, e.g. the emergent cluster of archaic greece…
This approach can discuss secularism and religion in stride and is a useful account of the Old Testament genesis, the rise of proto-modernity in ancient greece, etc…