MODERN has a variety of meanings; however, we shall portray MODERN to stand for belonging to modern era or the historical timeframe after the Middle Ages. By extension things such as modern furniture, modern art, and modern history have been deemed modern rather than being prehistoric.
The modern era started somewhere in the 1500s when western civilization made a gradual transition from pre-modernity to modernity when scientific methods were developed. This caused the belief that science would lead to all knowledge. The term modern was coined shortly before 1585 to describe the beginning of a new era. Significantly the modern period was developed in the fields of warfare, politics, technology and science. This period was also an age of globalization and discovery. The period was so intense because of the changes that occurred that wars and other problems developed. Traditional ideologies and ethical norms cause quite a stir among peoples that they were against the concept of modernity. Postmodernists criticize the ideas about progress while Western Europe and North America’s dominance over other continents has been condemned by postcolonial theory.
The term Modern has been commonly referred to as being post-medieval. This is the condition of Western history since the mid 1400s or generally the European development of moveable type as well as the printing press. Contextually modern society is believed to have developed over many periods, and to be influenced by important events which represent breaks in the permanence thereof.
The concept of the modern is as a result of a new type of revolution, unlike the ancient or medieval world. This type of progress is a deliberate act on the part of humans who want to improve their situation. The improvements or advancement in all areas of human activity seems to have altered an Old World into the Modern or New World. Identifying with the revolutionary change can be used to differentiate the old and old fashioned from the modern.