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The Riddle of the Modern World

Of Liberty, Wealth and Equality

  • Alan Macfarlane

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Riddle of the Modern World

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      Pages 1-10
  3. Liberty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
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  4. Wealth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
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  5. Equality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
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  6. An Answer to the Riddle?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 295-326

About this book

Introduction

What conditions the chances of liberty, wealth and equality at the start of the third Christian millennium? Why did human civilizations develop so slowly for thousands of years, and then transform themselves during the last three hundred? This study of four great thinkers who lived between 1689 and 1995, Montesquieu, Adam Smith, De Tocqueville, and Ernest Gellner, weaves their lives and works together and through their own words shows how they approached the question of the nature of man, his past and his future.

Keywords

Defence experiment freedom growth liberty nature production quality

Authors and affiliations

  • Alan Macfarlane
    • 1
  1. 1.King’s CollegeCambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9781403913913
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-98450-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4039-1391-3
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