How Society Makes Itself: The Evolution of Political and Economic Institutions / Edition 1

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Overview

This radical account of the evolution of political, social, and economic institutions weaves together strands of anthropology, sociology, political science, history, and economics. In a highly readable text, Howard Sherman explains the interconnections of ideas and economic forces, and traces the evolution of social and economic institutions from primitive times to the present. Sherman focuses on the myth of "inevitable progress" in technology, and argues that it progresses only when social and economic institutions and dominant ideas encourage it to improve. He shows that throughout history technology, as a part of the economic forces, ebbs and flows to create or undermine existing economic institutions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765616524
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
1 Prehistoric Communal Institutions in the Middle East 3
2 From Communal Equality to Slavery in the Middle East 16
3 From Slavery to Feudalism in Western Europe 35
4 From Feudalism to Capitalism in Western Europe 46
5 From Pre-Capitalism to Capitalism in the United States, 1776-1865 68
6 Slavery in the United States, 1776-1865 81
7 Rise of Corporate Capitalism in the United States, 1865-1900 93
8 Growth and Depression in the United States, 1900-1940 109
9 Development of the United States Under Global Capitalism, 1940-2004 122
10 Inequality in the United States Under Global Capitalism 142
11 Economic Instability and Environment in the United States Under Global Capitalism 170
12 Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union 183
13 Beginnings of Economic Democracy 196
14 Lessons from the Story of Evolution 212
Appendix History of Evolutionary Thought 217
References 221
Index 225
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