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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It is well established , however , that in many areas of the world warfare among
acephalous societies does not typically lead even to land conquest , let alone the
extermination of conquest or whole societies , nor to any significant military ...
Functional efficiency of organization only becomes of major significance with
political centralization and the emergence of the state , bureaucracy ,
professional military organization , large - scale trade and public works , and a
high level of ...
But they had no control over military units or over taxation , although they had to
assist in these matters ; military and fiscal administration were the responsibility
of other officials : The kings of Jimma insisted upon the separation of their ...
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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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