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

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

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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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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 20mm | 358.34g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765616521
  • 9780765616524
  • 2,260,931

Table of contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Prehistoric Communal Institutions in the Middle East; 2. Communal Equality to Slavery in the Middle East; 3. Slavery to Feudalism in Europe; 4. Feudalism to Capitalism in Europe; 5. Pre-Capitalism to Capitalism in the United States, 1776-1865; 6. Slavery in the United States, 1776-1865; 7. Rise of Corporate Capitalism in the United States, 1865-1900; 8. Growth and Depression in the United States, 1900-1940; 9. United States Development and Global Capitalism, 1940-2004; 10. United States Inequality under Global Capitalism, 1940-2004; 11. United States Instability and Environment under Global Capitalism, 1940-2004; 12. Rise and Fall of Soviet Institutions, 1917-1990; 13. Rise of United States Democratic Institutions; 14. Lessons from Social Evolution; Appendix: How War Has Evolved; Appendix: History of Evolutionary Thought; References; Index.
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