How do the world's societies differ from each other? What were the reasons for change in the past, and do they help us in predicting change in the future? This stimulating text encourages students to ask these and other questions.
Daniel Chirot explains how states and agriculture combined to create the world's classic civilizations. He shows how the UK, a marginal agrarian civilization on the edge of Europe, produced through the last two sections delineate the chronic unsolved problems of the modern era, develop a simplified model of how societies work and how the study of social change can contribute to the resolution of societies' most important problems.
Daniel Chirot is Professor of International Studies and Sociology at the University of Washington's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. He has written other books about global social change as well as specialized works on the social history and politics of Eastern Europe. His most recent work is called Modern Tyrants: The Power and Prevalence of Evil in Our Age.