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The Riddle of the Modern World: Of Liberty, Wealth and Equality
     

The Riddle of the Modern World: Of Liberty, Wealth and Equality

by A. Macfarlane
 

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What conditions the chances of liberty, wealth and equality at the start of the third Christian millennium? Why did human civilizations develop so slowly for thousands of years, and then transform themselves during the last three hundred? This study of four great thinkers who lived between 1689 and 1995, Montesquieu, Adam Smith, De Tocqueville, and Ernest Gellner,

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