An Examination of Society from the Standpoint of Evolution

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byLouis Wallis

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. ORIENTAL CIVILIZATION. § 27.--In studying the process of social development, we logically turn from prehistoric and barbarian society in general to the ancient world that centered about the eastern end of the Mediterranean sea. Oriental civilization was the first great circle of communities to come forward into the light of history, and, upon the basis of prehistoric beginnings, work out a culture of sufficient power to propagate itself onward in human experience. The leading peoples, or nations, of the ancient oriental world were the Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Phoenicians, and Israelites. The world-historical place of the ancient East is well set forth by Professor James Craig in the following words: "It is a fact, more and more plainly perceived by scholars, that among the early peoples who have contributed to the ideas inwrought into our present civilization there is none to whom we owe a greater debt than we do to the Semitic family.... It is here that we find the earliest beginnings of civilization historically known to us--here that early religious ideas, social customs and manners, political organizations, the beginnings of art and architecture, the rise and growth of mythological ideas that have endured and spread to western nations, can be seen and studied in their earliest stages, and here alone information is supplied which enables us to follow them most successfully in their development" (1). § 28.--A survey of these peoples as they come forward on the stage of history shows that there was no such distinction of social structures and functions among them as we find in the latest social theory and practice. The organization of society into definite institutions, industrial, political, religious, domestic, educationa...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. ORIENTAL CIVILIZATION. § 27.--In studying the process of social development, we logically turn from prehistoric and...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217771688

ISBN - 13:9780217771689

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