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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These centre on how the king is to be chosen , how his subordinates are to be
chosen , how they are to be paid or otherwise rewarded and maintained , and in
general how the state is to be protected from rebellion and anarchy .
The king maintained a standing army of 1,500 mercenaries from other areas ,
plus two groups of 400 men each , serving for one week in rotation . One group
was recruited locally , the other from the provinces . In peacetime these two
( Stenton 1971 : 302 ) As we read in Tacitus , chiefs were expected to reward
their followers with generous gifts , and this tradition was maintained by the
English kings : The most admired virtue of an early king was generosity to his
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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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