The modern West is known for providing the world with a different culture of arts, innovation, and government. In my view, the modern West possessed a theme of revolution that outlines the main story line for Western Civilization. Thanks to the industrial revolution, Western Civilization provided people with a plethora of opportunities thanks to the revolution of math, science, and technology. These revolutions provided communities with unprecedented and undreamt of capabilities and opportunities.
This commentary appears in the Spring issue of Modern Age. To subscribe now, go here. Over the years I have gotten into trouble more than a few times for things I have written or said in public, but I suppose the chief cause of my notoriety is a speech I gave to the freshmen of Yale College suggesting that they would be wise to make the study of Western civilization the center of their pursuit of a liberal education. In that speech I focused on our needs as Americans.
The Six Major Periods of Western Civilization Most of the occurrences in history have shaped the present society significantly. In fact, most of the advancements of current time are traceable to early periods of civilization. There are certain events that have a particular impact on what the present society celebrates today.
Hamites is the name formerly used for some North African peoples in the context of a now-outdated model of dividing humanity into different races which was developed originally by Europeans in support of colonialism and slavery. The term was originally used in contrast to the other two proposed divisions of mankind based on the story of Noah: Semites and Japhetites. The appellation Hamitic was applied to the Berber , Cushitic , and Egyptian branches of the Afroasiatic language family, which, together with the Semitic branch, was thus formerly labelled "Hamito-Semitic". Each of these branches is instead now regarded as an independent subgroup of the larger Afroasiatic family. Beginning in the 19th century, scholars generally classified the Hamitic race as a subgroup of the Caucasian race , alongside the Aryan race and the Semitic   — thus grouping the non-Semitic populations native to North Africa and the Horn of Africa , including the Ancient Egyptians.