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The Making of the Modern World: Visions from the West and East
     

The Making of the Modern World: Visions from the West and East

by A. Macfarlane, Alan MacFarlane
 
At the start of the third Christian millennium we are aware of massive political, economic and ideological changes which condition the chances of liberty, wealth and equality. Yet it is surprisingly difficult for us to understand these forces, for we cannot see what surrounds us so closely. This book analyses our condition by looking at the work of two great thinkers,

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At the start of the third Christian millennium we are aware of massive political, economic and ideological changes which condition the chances of liberty, wealth and equality. Yet it is surprisingly difficult for us to understand these forces, for we cannot see what surrounds us so closely. This book analyses our condition by looking at the work of two great thinkers, one of whom provides a deep historical perspective, the other a wide comparative analysis. F.W. Maitland (1850-1906) was more than the greatest professional historian of modern times, he was a philosopher who provides a brilliant sketch of how our strange world has come about, particularly in his work on associations and trusts. Yukichi Fukuzawa (1835-1901) more than any other created the institutions of modern Japan. As an outsider he provides a brilliant insight into the heart of the new capitalist and industrial civilization which had emerged in the west.

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Macfarlane (anthropological science, U. of Cambridge) discusses the nature, origins, and effects of the modern world from contrasting Western and Eastern perspectives. The first part of the text examines the work of English historian and philosopher F.W. Maitland (1850- 1906). The second half of the volume is devoted to the ideas of social theorist Yukichi Fukuzawa (1835-1901) and how he tried to create a modern world in Japan. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333964460
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
12/17/2001
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)
Lexile:
1450L (what's this?)

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Alan Macfarlane is Professor of Anthropological Science, University of Cambridge.

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