How Societies Change

ISBN-10: 1412992567
ISBN-13: 9781412992565
Edition: 2nd 2012
Authors: Daniel Chirot
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List price: $32.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/20/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Preface
Evolution and Early Human Societies
Physical and Cultural Evolution: Differences and Similarities
Causes of Change in Early Societies
From Collecting, Hunting, and Fishing to Agriculture
Reference Notes
Agrarian Societies
The Invention of the State
Class, Status, and Force: Increasing Inequality and Making It Hereditary
Nomads, Migrants, and Other Raiders
Great Cultures: The Moral Basis of Agrarian Civilizations
The Problem of Administration and the Cycle of Political Decay and Reconstruction
The Conservatism of Village Life
The Demographic Cycle in Agrarian Societies
The Potential for Rapid Innovation: The Importance of Peripheries
The Limits of Analogy: Societies Are Not Species, and Cultural Evolution Is Not Biological
Reference Notes
The Rise of the West
Europe's Ecological Advantages
Religious Discordance and Political Stalemate: The Basis for Western Rationalization
Science, Knowledge, and Exploration in China and Western Europe
The Growth of European Empires and the Transformation of the Economy
Overcoming the Agrarian Population Cycle
The Invention of Nationalism and Its Consequences
The Legitimation of Commerce: The Ideological Basis of the Industrial Revolution
Reference Notes
The Modern Era
Industrial Cycles
Internal and International Social Consequences of Modernization and Industrial Cycles
Economic Class and Political Power in Modern Societies
Political Ideologies and Protests: Two Centuries of Revolutions
The Unending Effort to Adapt to Modernity
Ecological Pressures Persist
Reference Notes
Toward a Theory of Social Change
Why Change Occurs
The New or the Old? The Paradox of Institutional Resistance to Change
Freedom or Control? The Dilemma of the Modern Era
Reference Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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