This timeline is a brief excerpt from the Hyper-Soc™ program intended to give potential students a sense of what sociology is about. NOTE: Only some segments are available here and many of the figures are not displayed because permission has not yet been obtained. Please bear with me as I continue to update and enhance this on-line sociological timeline.


Important event
Important sociologist
Major Transition

Hunting & Gathering Societies

The Domestication Revolution

Pastoral Societies
Horticultural Societies
Abdel Rahman Ibn-Khaldun (1332-1406)

The Agricultural Revolution

Agrarian Societies


1750: The Industrial Revolution Begins

Industrial Societies

1765, James Watt improves on Newcomen's steam engine
1760-1770, Production of textiles moves from cottages to mills
1793, Eli Whitney invents the cotton gin
Auguste Comte (1798-1857)


1808, Beginning of Luddite troubles in Britain
Karl Marx (1818-1883)
1819, The British Factory Act is passed placing some limits on child labor
Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)
1835, first railway boom in England
1845, Engels publishes The Condition of the Working Class in England
1848, Karl Marx publishes The Communist Manifesto
Ferdinand Toennies (1855-1936)
Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)
1859, Darwin publishes The Origin of Species
George Herbert Mead (1863-1931)
Max Weber (1864-1920)
Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929)
1867, Newton's Principia Naturalis and Principia Mathematica (the basis for modern mathematics) published
W. E. B. DuBois (1868-1963)
1871, Trade Union Act makes unions legal in Britain
1882, Standard Oil controls 95% of the U.S. oil refining capacity
1886: Statue of Liberty erected in New York Harbor
1893, New Zeland becomes the first nation to grant women the right to vote


1900, Max Planck proposes quantum theory
1901, Marconi sends wireless message from Cornwall to Newfoundland
1903, First flight by Wright Brothers at Kitthawk, NC
1905, Aliens Act in Britain tries to control immigration
1904-1907, 60% increase in union membership in Britain
1911, British National Insurance Act lays foundation for health and unemployment insurance
1912: The Sinking of the Titanic 1,515 people lose their lives.
1913, First assembly line introduced in Ford automobile factory
C. Wright Mills (1916-1962)
1917, The Russian Revolution
1932-1972, The Tuskegee Syphilis Study
1924, U.S. passes National Origins Act limiting immigration
1945: The Atomic Age begins with atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending World War II

1950: The Information Revolution Begins

Postindustrial Societies
1954 Brown vs Board of Education Supreme Court Decision
1957: The Space Age begins with the Soviet Union's of the first satellite
1992 L.A. Riot follows Rodney King court verdict

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