The Principles of Social Evolution
Clarendon Press, 1986 - 412 Seiten
Dispelling the general assumption that social institutions survive because of their sophisticated adaptive advantages, this ground-breaking work asserts that the commonest customs and institutions may endure because of their very simplicity or as a result of simple human proclivity. Using
religious, military, and kinship institutions to illustrate this argument, the author shows that a precise combination of these factors may lead to the emergence of new forms of social evolution.
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Creel notes that “ The degree to which achievements are not credited to the ruler alone but to his ministers ' seems to be a political tradition detectable as early as the Shang . ' A document written only a few years after the end of ...
Cowries were used as a medium of exchange , and traders were certainly important in Shang country . Some of the tsu were professional traders , and to this day the word for merchant , shang jen , is the same as the word for the Shang ...
On such occasions new regimes will obviously search for the common ground uniting rulers and ruled , and if the Shang had not previously held beliefs very similar to the Mandate of Heaven they would certainly not have accepted the ' new ...
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I'm glad this was the first book I read on social evolution. The author does a great job of explaining why the darwinian theory of variation and selection can not be applied directly to social ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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