The First Wave (Agrarian society) lies outside of the bounds of this timeline, as it occurs prior to it (approximately 8000 B.C. to 1700 A.D.).
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As I have suggested, the Fourth Wave( not yet acknowledged by Toffler but proposed by me) began in 1981 with the introduction of the IBM personal computer. This low-cost business-oriented computer made it possible to network them for business applications, and eventually the networks became networked and became the World Wide Web.
Toffler believes that the Information Age is the Third Wave of human civilization. This range coincides with the launch of Sputnik I by the USSR.
Toffler's First Wave, the Agrarian Wave, is believed to have begun around 8000 B.C., coinciding with the end of the last Ice Age. Once the climate moderated, humans became less inclined to roam nomadically and began to settle in communities where they practiced farming of crops and raising domestic animals for food and clothing.
The heart of each community was the extended family, who were born, lived, and died in and around the same village. Families tended to be large, as the more children were produced, the more hands were available to help with the work to be done. Families produced crops and other products for their own consumption, and also for sale to others at local markets.
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