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The Making of the Modern World

Visions from the West and East

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. F.W. Maitland: The Nature and Origins of the Modern World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-4
    2. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 15-23
    3. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 24-44
    4. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 45-58
    5. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 59-72
    6. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 73-82
    7. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 83-107
    8. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 108-120
    9. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 121-135
  3. Yukichi Fukuzawa: The Nature and Effects of the Modern World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-141
    2. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 151-174
    3. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 175-190
    4. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 191-209
    5. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 210-224
    6. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 225-246
  4. Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Alan Macfarlane
      Pages 249-272

About this book


At the start of the third Christian millennium we are aware of massive political, economic and ideological changes which condition the chances of liberty, wealth and equality. Yet it is surprisingly difficult for us to understand these forces, for we cannot see what surrounds us so closely. This book analyses our condition by looking at the work of two great thinkers, one of whom provides a deep historical perspective, the other a wide comparative analysis. F.W. Maitland (1850-1906) was more than the greatest professional historian of modern times, he was a philosopher who provides a brilliant sketch of how our strange world has come about, particularly in his work on associations and trusts. Yukichi Fukuzawa (1835-1901) more than any other created the institutions of modern Japan. As an outsider he provides a brilliant insight into the heart of the new capitalist and industrial civilization which had emerged in the west.


bibliography comparative equality experience freedom Japan knowledge liberty nature philosophy social relations trust

About the authors

ALAN MACFARLANE is Professor of Anthropological Science at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. His previous books include Marriage and Love in England, 1300-1840, The Savage Wars of Peace and The Riddle of the Modern World.

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