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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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, weaves their lives and works together and through their own words shows how they approached the question of the nature of man, his past and his future.

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"No one who wishes to understand the great modern transformation of the industrialized world...can do so without studying the remarkable scholarship of Alan Macfarlane." --James Q. Wilson, Wall Street Journal

James Q. Wilson
No one who wishes to understand the great modern transformation of the industrialized world...can do so without studying the remarkable scholarship of Alan Macfarlane.
The Wall Street Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333984505
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
07/11/2000
Edition description:
2000
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

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Alan Macfarlane is Professor of Anthropological Science at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.

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