A Short History of Society is a concise account of the emergence of modern western
society. It looks at how successive generations have understood and explained the
world in which they lived, and examines significant events since the Enlightenment
that have led to the development of society as we know it today. The book spans the
period 1500 to the present day and discusses the social world in terms of both its
politics and its culture.
This book is ideal for undergraduate students in the social sciences who are perplexed
by the myriad of events and theories with which their courses are concerned, and
who need a historical perspective on the changes that shaped the contemporary world.