This extensive research is broken into three parts and takes an in-depth look at the constructs and implications of social movements that emerge from various conflicts and cycles. This analysis includes: (a) the theories behind the conditions, the trends, the political processes, and the environmental factors that act as locomotives of change; (b) the functioning structures and innovations; (c) strategies that civilizations incorporate to adjust to climate change, migration, famine, and war; (d) influences from changes in ideology and social status; and (e) the effects on resources by population growth. To illustrate this our research looks at the beginning of the human agency to the land of Mesopotamia and the cradle of civilization. In doing so, we can learn from their struggles, their strains, their cycles and patterns, and their conflict management methodologies to help us determine more effective ways of application in the modern era. Our conclusions deduce that in studying the past and the elements that facilitated the rise of the human genus, we can learn from the components of change to avert a similar demise in the modern era.
Social Change in the Ancient World
The pervasive feeling is that something fundamental is occurring worldwide with the current explosion of interest in globalization and feelings of uncertainty has intensified. There is an increased awareness of what is transpiring in one part of the world that has a deep affect (sometimes immediate) by events unfolding in other parts of the world (Dicken, 2011). In analyzing how we arrived at this juncture, studying the ancient world can give us clues.
Many individuals in the meantime, often become confused by the mythological depictions and cultural belief systems of ancient civilizations. The quest of the modern seeker is to establish an erudition of our ancestors and the components that incurred social change by examining the momentous shifts that transpired in the human condition (Free, 2011). This research examines the major causes and underlying conditions that prompted social change in the ancient past, as well as the main choices, innovations, and factors that ancient cultures faced in their attempts to shape their individual and collective futures. We will also examine humanity’s comprehension of the ancient world on macro and micro levels as well as the various patterns and cycles that shaped it. By scrutinizing earlier civilizations of the human agency, we can learn from the management of their successes and failures. Learning from the demise of past civilizations helps us comprehend and avert analogous conditions in the modern era that can decelerate the upgrade and reconfiguration process of human destiny.
To Be Continued … Part II – An Overview and Analysis of Social Change