Human history in essence is the history of ideas.
H G Well published Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress upon Human Life and Thought in 1901, and it was a successful best-seller. It made some amazingly accurate predictions, while still managing to get some key points wrong. However here is a quick overview of this book:
Chapter I. Locomotion in the Twentieth Century
Chapter II. The Probable Diffusion of Great Cities
Chapter III. Developing Social Elements
Chapter IV. Certain Social Reactions
Chapter V. The Life-History of Democracy
Chapter VI. War in the Twentieth Century
Chapter VII. The Conflict of Languages
Chapter VIII. The Larger Synthesis
Chapter IX. Faith, Morals, and Public Policy in The Twentieth Century
Well’s predicted women taking a much larger part in society, particularly in politics and education. He saw the breakdown of the traditional family unit as communities grew closer. However, as wonderful a feminist his opinions might seem, he was also very racist. Some of his musings can be very hard to read.