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 groundbreaking work asserts that the most common 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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( c ) Trade and markets Trade has often been an important intensifier of state
power . It depends on the availability of surplus goods , which is a condition that
exists long before the state develops . We have already noted the importance of ...
In Southern and East Africa age was an important basis of military grouping
before the emergence of the state , and as the ... than primitive warfare , and the
selection of leaders on the basis of their ability therefore assumes major
verbal duels , and gambling , which was also an important aspect of ancient Indo
- European social life . ... an integral part of social life from the earliest times , and
have retained great importance throughout subsequent European history .
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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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