Tags: anthropology, History, time
by Karim Attia, 15 May 2009 My Nan often comments on how much things have changed and how quickly, which prompted me to question what is a good measure of the pace of ‘change’? Food yield of land? Speed of physical travel? Many other options occurred to me but the train of thought that seemed to provide the most pleasing/likely answer was the following: The Roman Empire was limited by its ability to maintian contact throughout its vast lands. It was able to extend its lines of communication as much as it did through road building and naval power. This demonstrates how communication is the primary limiting factor on the extent to which a cohesive and stable society can expand. In other words, swift, reliable and cheap communication is key to the growth of human society and, therefore, a good/the best measure of change...perhaps.