The Prospects of Industrial Civilisation / Edition 2

The Prospects of Industrial Civilisation / Edition 2

by Bertrand Russell, Dora Russell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415131332

ISBN-13: 9780415131339

Pub. Date: 10/28/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Prospects of Industrial Civilization provides a rare glimpse into areas of Russell's political thought which are often ignored. Written with Dora Black (who became Russell's second wife) on a trip to China in 1920, it is revealing both as a period piece and as a book for our times. Russell criticises his own age, and demonstrates how humanity perpetually

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The Prospects of Industrial Civilization provides a rare glimpse into areas of Russell's political thought which are often ignored. Written with Dora Black (who became Russell's second wife) on a trip to China in 1920, it is revealing both as a period piece and as a book for our times. Russell criticises his own age, and demonstrates how humanity perpetually struggles against the centralising forces of industrialism and nationalism.
He views industrialism as a threat to human freedom, as it creates large populations which have to be subject to controls and he likens Bolshevik Russia to Cromwell's England, asserting that both were dictatorships designed to force an essentially feudal society to adopt industrialism. He sees industrialism and nationalism as fundamentally linked and proposes one government for the whole world as a solution.
Russell is not blind to the positive side of industrialism; without machines an economy of subsistence would be the best for which society could hope, but argues that the global village and prevailing political democracy should be its eventual results.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415131339
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction1
ICauses of the Present Chaos15
IIInherent Tendencies of Industrialism30
IIIIndustrialism and Private Property45
IVInteractions of Industrialism and Nationalism56
VThe Transition to Internationalism71
VISocialism in Undeveloped Countries89
VIISocialism in Advanced Countries104
VIIIWhat Makes a Social System Good or Bad?123
IXMoral Standards and Social Well-Being139
XThe Sources of Power161
XIThe Distribution of Power191
XIIEducation208
XIIIEconomic Organization and Mental Freedom228
Index241

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