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How have societies changed over the past 5,000 years? Welcome to the brief, manageable macro-sociology text that takes your students on a journey to answer this question.

This book, the only brief and affordable macro-sociology text available for undergraduates, describes how societies have changed over the past five thousand years. The discussion focuses on the idea that industrial societies, despite their great success, have created a new set of recurring and unsolved problems which will serve as a major impetus for further social change. This book explores development through historical narrative and examines the globalization/development paradox through in-depth case studies.

The Modern Era
The modern Era

The quantitative changes in human societies produced by the advent of the modern industrial age are staggering. We have already seen that whereas the human population went up roughly tenfold over the 7,000 years from the invention of agriculture until about 1000 BCE, and that it took another 2500 years for the population to go up another tenfold, it took only about 300 years from 1700 to 2000 to go up yet another tenfold or more. Even though population growth first began accelerating quickly in Europe, tripling in the 200 years from 1700 to 1900, and going up at least fourfold if the European migrants to the Americas are counted as Europeans, in the 20th century, the rest of the world's population grew at an even faster rate. In ...

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