Friday, June 18, 2004
Book by William McGaughey about world history as emerging in five civilizations. Provides some brief descriptions and timelines, relating four of them to changes in communication technologies.

From the site:

Five Epochs of Civilization offers a comprehensive theory that links world history to the apearance of new communication technologies. Alternatively, this theory shows how human societies have become progressively more complex and pluralistic as new institutions of power were formed in successive historical epochs. This is a worldwide process. The time line is roughly:

Civilization I - 3000 B.C. to 550 B.C.
Civilization II - 550 B.C. to 1450 A.D.
Civilization III - 1450 A.D. to 1920 A.D.
Civilization IV - 1920 A.D. to 1990 A.D.
Civilization V - 1990 A.D. to present

But, in fact, the different societies on earth enter these civilizations at different times. Civilizations are a cultural complex whose development is not set chronologically but by an organic growth process.

World history is a creation story. It is the story of how human societies developed from small-scale tribal communities to what we have today. This should be a story suitable for all the world's people, having no nationalistic, religious, or demographic ax to grind.

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