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n our MTV culture, image and the moment are everything. Context and history are usually ignored. The approaching end of the millennium, however, provides an impetus for us to step back and reconsider history, to take stock of where we stand and how we got here. That is why THE WORLD & I launched a 16-part series, starting with September 1998 issue and running through December 1999, examining the most significant developments of the past millennium in order to better understand our world today.
      People in the year 1000, wherever they lived, had no concept of a world of unfolding and multiplying possibilities. Tradition ruled, and material circumstances were tightly constrained. What hopes of change people held rested largely in the life hereafter, depending on their religious faith. This picture changed only gradually through the first half of the millennium. During the second half, the pace of change began to pick up and has continued to quicken right up to the present.
      Our series is entitled “Millennial Moments,” but strictly speaking we will be talking about millennial processes, highlighted by key events and characters, with an emphasis on their consequences, particularly how they have helped make our world what it is today. We will examine both transformations that have changed our material environment—such as the scientific and Industrial revolutions—and those that have changed our way of thinking about ourselves and our place in the world: the rise of limited government or the Reformation and its consequences are examples.
      Through this series we hope to promote a better understanding of how and how much the world has changed in the past millennium and how those changes have made us who we are. Through such understanding we believe that we will be better able to consider future change and evaluate more clearly the question, Change toward what?

Read "The Emergence of a Global Society" for full introduction.

The Emergence of a Global Society
Life a Millennium Ago
The Struggle against Absolutism
The Rise of Limited Government
Columbus and the Age of Explorations
The Renaissance Mind Mirrored in Art
From Movable Type to Data Deluge
The Rise of Protestantism
The Ascent of the Nation-State
The Scientific Revolution Reshapes The World
From Mercantilism to 'The Wealth of Nations'
Technology: From Trickle to Torrent
Endless Utopia: The Heritage of The Millenium
Darwin's ;Origin' Transforms Culture
In the Minds Eye: Our Emerging visual Culture
The Decline and Fall of Latin (and the rise of English)
Era of the Nuclear Family
What We Take for Granted
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