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.
Chapter 3: The Rise of the West
The Rise of the West
Although agrarian civilizations can have highly stable patterns of social and cultural organization over many centuries, it would be entirely wrong to conclude that they were immune to change. Some important types of technological, political, and religious adaptation were outlined in the preceding chapter. ...