Here is the summation of a lifetime of research and speculation on nearly every aspect of human development by one of the world's greatest scientists. Professor Darlington's book is a revolutionary advance of the work begun by Darwin's THE DESCENT OF MAN, and like that work, it will stand as a landmark in the history of modern thought. Darlington sees history as a continuation of the Darwinian process - an endless interplay of genetics and environment. Within this structure he ranges, withg the clarity, wit and grace of a master stylist, over all of human history, using recent advances in genetics (many due to Darlington himself) as well as anthropology, archeology and sociology to achieve a radical new perspective. he shows how human heredity has shaped not only man's phy7sical evolution but the development of his personal and social life. In Darlington's brilliant vision, breeding patterns have determined religion, war, migration, industry,kingship, the rise and fall of empires, artistic achievement, and all the other important features of social history. THE EVOLUTION OF MAN AND SOCIETY is full of grave lessons, profound insights, luminous summations, startling speculations on the critical issues in human history: the conflict between materialism and idealism in American culture, the genetic basis of racial conflict, the anthropology of conquest, the evolution of aristocracy, the social function of religion, the dawn of man, the genesis of political revolution. In addition, Darlington's analysis yields literally thousands of fascinating details: the effect of interbreeding on royal families, the development of pubic hair, the genetic origins of Alexander the Great's military prowess, the biological reasons for the decline of Venice, the disastrous consequences of the olive for the civilization of Greece ... EVOLUTION OF MAN AND SOCIETY is an inexhaustible store of knowledge and insight, to be reread and pondered, perhaps to change the course of modern thought.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 45750203