Transition to Modernity : Essays on Power, Wealth, and Belief


Transition to Modernity : Essays on Power, Wealth, and Belief

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521382021
  • DDC分類 303.4

Full Description

This set of essays is concerned with the explanation of large scale social change. Concentration is on the social stagnation characteristic of agrarian circumstances, the conditions for exit from that world and the varied social orders that inhabit, sometimes precariously, the modern world community. The distinguished contributors, from archaeology, anthropology, sociology, economic history and philosophy, have all been stimulated by the work of Ernest Gellner, and the essays are in dialogue with his view of our social condition.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Part I. The Pre-Modern World: 1. World
languages and human dispersals: a minimalist
view Colin Renfrew
2. Nomads and oases in Central Asia A. M.
3. Why poverty was inevitable in traditional
societies E. A. Wrigley
Part II. Transitions To The Modern World: 4. On
a little known chapter of Mediterranean history
Karl R. Popper
5. Ernest Geller and the escape to modernity
Alan MacFarlane
6. The emergence of modern European nationalism
Michael Mann
7. Sovereign individuals Ronald Dore
Part III. Modernity And Its Discontents: 8.
Science, politics, enchantment Perry Anderson
9. Deconstructing post-modernism: Gellner and
Crocodile Dundee Joseph Agassi
10. A methodology without presuppositions? John
11. Gellner's positivism I. C. Jarvie
12. Left verus Right in French political
ideology Louis Dumont
13. Property, justice and common good after
socialism John Dunn
14. Social contract, democracy and freedom
Gerard Radnitzky
15. Thoughts on liberalisation Jose Merquior
16. Peace, peace at last? John A. Hall