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The Resource Merchant, soldier, sage : a new history of power, David Priestland

Merchant, soldier, sage : a new history of power, David Priestland

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Merchant, soldier, sage : a new history of power
Title
Merchant, soldier, sage
Title remainder
a new history of power
Statement of responsibility
David Priestland
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
We live in an age ruled by merchants. Competition, flexibility and profit are still the common currency, even at a time when Western countries have been driven off a cliff by these very values. But will it always be this way? "Merchant, Soldier, Sage" is a remarkable book that proposes a radical new approach to how we see our world, and who runs it, in the vein of Francis Fukuyama's "The End of History". David Priestland argues for the predominance in any society of one of three broad value systems - that of the merchant (commercial and competitive); the soldier (aristocratic and militaristic); and the sage (bureaucratic or creative). These 'castes' struggle alongside the worker (egalitarian and artisanal) for power, and when they achieve supremacy, they can have such a strong hold over us that it is almost impossible to imagine life outside their grip. And yet there does come a point of drastic change, usually because one caste becomes too dominant. The result is economic crisis, war or revolution, and eventually a new caste takes over. Priestland argues that we are now in the midst of a period with all the classic signs of imminent change. As the history of the last century shows, there is good reason to be fearful of the forces that this failure may unleash. "Merchant, Soldier, Sage" is both a masterful dissection of our current predicament and a brilliant piece of history. The world will not look the same again
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Priestland David
Dewey number
909.83
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • History, Modern
  • Elite (Social sciences)
  • Power (Social sciences)
Label
Merchant, soldier, sage : a new history of power, David Priestland
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1.Caste Struggles -- 2.Iron Fist, Velvet Glove -- 3.Hubris and Catastrophe: The First Merchant Age -- 4.The Age of Whiz -- 5.Davos Man
Control code
000050011919
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 330 p.
Isbn
9781846144851
Isbn Type
(hbk.) :
Label
Merchant, soldier, sage : a new history of power, David Priestland
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1.Caste Struggles -- 2.Iron Fist, Velvet Glove -- 3.Hubris and Catastrophe: The First Merchant Age -- 4.The Age of Whiz -- 5.Davos Man
Control code
000050011919
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 330 p.
Isbn
9781846144851
Isbn Type
(hbk.) :

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