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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 1. Evolution and Early Human Societies
Chapter 2. Agrarian Societies
Chapter 3. The Rise of the West
Chapter 4. The Modern Era
Chapter 5. Toward a Theory of Social Change