Academic journal article Teaching History: A Journal of Methods

John McGrath and Kathleen Callanan Martin. the Modernization of the Western World: A Society Transformed

Academic journal article Teaching History: A Journal of Methods

John McGrath and Kathleen Callanan Martin. the Modernization of the Western World: A Society Transformed

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John McGrath and Kathleen Callanan Martin. The Modernization of the Western World: A Society Transformed. London and Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe Inc., 2013. Pp. 280. Paper, $29.95; ISBN 978-0765639486.

John McGrath and Kathleen Callanan Martin have produced an interesting new work on the concept of modernization in the history of the Western World entitled The Modernization of the Western World: A Society Transformed. This work consists of more than twenty essays on European history from the Middle Ages to the late twentieth century by McGrath, Martin, and several other authors who have an affiliation with the College of General Studies at Boston University. The authors come from a variety of academic fields, but the focus of this work is on social science methodology. The first two chapters emphasize the importance of modernization and social change in the history of the Western World. The theoretical foundation of this book concerning the relations of the individual and society originates in the works of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber. The rest of the chapters trace the development of Western society using this approach.

Each chapter is an overview of a specific historical period where the most critical events of that period are highlighted in order to continue the themes of modernization and social change. The chapters are well-researched and documented. …

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