making modern in appearance or behavior
"the modernization of Nigeria will be a long process"
a modernized version (as of a play)
the process of modernizing
the act of rendering modern in style; the act or process of causing to conform to modern of thinking or acting
Modernization or modernisation refers to a model of an evolutionary transition from a 'pre-modern' or 'traditional' to a 'modern' society. The teleology of modernization is described in social evolutionism theories, existing as a template that has been generally followed by societies that have achieved modernity. While it may theoretically be possible for some societies to make the transition in entirely different ways, there have been no counterexamples provided by reliable sources. Historians link modernization to the processes of urbanization and industrialisation, as well as to the spread of education. As Kendall notes, "Urbanization accompanied modernization and the rapid process of industrialization." In sociological critical theory, modernization is linked to an overarching process of rationalisation. When modernization increases within a society, the individual becomes that much more important, eventually replacing the family or community as the fundamental unit of society. Modernization theory and history have been explicitly used as guides for countries eager to develop rapidly, such as China. Indeed, modernization has been proposed as the most useful framework for World history in China, because as one of the developing countries that started late, "China's modernization has to be based on the experiences and lessons of other countries.".
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
See military capability.
The numerical value of modernization in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of modernization in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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Any religious modernization will ultimately be against al-Azhar, since it is the conservative fortress in the system.
China's expanding strategic reach and extensive modernization requirements will continue to require significant investment over the next decade.
In order to defuse problems and risks, avoid falling into the 'middle income trap', and achieve modernization, China must rely on development and development requires an appropriate growth rate, at the same time, China's economic development has entered a 'new normal'.
It is not an economy that's built for the 21st century. Unfortunately, those forces for modernization inside of Russia, I think, have been sidelined. That's bad for Russia and, over time, it's bad for the United States, because if Russia is doing badly, the concern is that they revert to old expansionist ideas that really shouldn't have any application in the 21st century.
I became alarmed as soon as I started seeing technical intelligence reports on China’s modernization programs. I could say the same of Russia’s modernization programs as well. We came out of the Cold War with a very dominant military. We demonstrated that military conclusively in the first Gulf War and we used it effectively against any conventional force since. Since 2001 we’ve been involved in counter insurgency, the precision-munitions revolution that we demonstrated has been emulated by others.
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- modernitzacióCatalan, Valencian
- 近代化, 現代化Japanese
- 現代化, 현대화Korean
- модернизација, осовременувањеMacedonian
- hiện đại hoáVietnamese
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