Timeline, Simple

Basic time/event/idea maps of social theory

Students should develop a basic mental map of the history of the “sociological” thought. Ideally, this means introducing a few new figures, movements and ideas and claiming a few known ones for “sociology” and locating these on existing mental maps of history of western civilization students have picked up over the years. Realistically, though, that map is often missing or full of gaps so we have to spend a little time on it in this class.

Period, LYMK: Landmarks and Thinkers When Related events, topics, issues
~600 BCE
Antiquity – Renaissance
At least an awareness that the Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, etc.
had some ideas about humans and human society.
Classical Greece
Founding of three religions
Settling of central/northern Europe
Middle ages/Feudalism/Renaissance/Enlightenment/Mercantilism
1500 CE
Enlightenment Pre-Sociologists
Recognition that “sociology” starts with the likes of Machiavelli - The Prince (1469–1527), Hobbes - Leviathan (1588–1679), Locke,
Montesquieu, Rousseau, Smith, Hume, Condorcet.
English Civil War
Enclosure Movement
European overseas exploration
Harvard College founded 1636
Yale founded 1701
American/French Revolution
Steam Engine
1800 CE
Locate Marx in the 1840-1870 period. Communist Manifesto at 1848. Capital
Congress of Vienna/Napoleonic Wars
Industrial Revolution
Revolutions of 1848
1875 CE First sociology course in English taught at Yale by William Graham Sumner
Mid/late 19th – Early 20th century classics
Recognize intellectual revolution running from Darwin (1859) and Spencer to
Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Freud (c 1920)
Railroads and Telegraph
First wave feminism
Dreyfus affair
World War I
1925 CE
Pre-WWII American Theory
Chicago School, R Park, Thomas, Znaniecki
Automobile, telephone, radio
World War II
Second wave feminism
Post-war Theory
American: exchange, symbolic interaction, ethnomethodology,
Parsons, Merton, Homans, Goffman, Garfinkel
European Critical Theory
Civil Rights, New Social Movements
Anti-colonialism, nationalism
Sexual revolution
Cold War
Rise of welfare state
Third wave feminism
Contemporary Theories
POMO, feminist, cultural studies, identity politics, post-colonialism, rational choice, convergence in social science, computational social science
Collapse of communism
New Social Movements "Coming Out All Over"
Third way
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