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Pre-industrial Societies by Patricia Crone
Book DescriptionOne would not normally expect students of biology to dissect frogs without prior knowledge of frog anatomy; yet students of history are regularly expected to analyse pre--modern institutions and events without any prior knowledge whatsoever of the general anatomy of pre--industrial societies. Gifted students will often acquire considerable knowledge of their particular areas -- own individual frogs, so to speak -- but the extent to which these conform to or depart from a common pattern remains unknown to them, a fact which seriously limits their capacity for interpretation. What goes for students goes for non--academic readers too. They have at their disposal a mountain of historical works written at every conceivable level of popularization and specialization. But most of these works are devoted to specific historical phenomena, or at most to a comparison between two or three; and those which attempt more general surveys tend to be either inordinately long or else inordinately abstract. Where does one turn for a brief summary of the ground--rules? A bluffera s guide to the behaviour of pre--modern societies does not seem to be available. What this book attempts is precisely that: to offer a bluffera s guide to the nature of pre--industrial societies, or more precisely to pre--industrial societies of the complex type (omitting primitive societies whose nature, again, is different). It sketches out the general anatomy of all such societies without attempting a full description of any one; and it is neither excessively long nor (it is hoped) excessively abstract. Armed with this book, the reader ought to find the specific cultures, societies, institutions and events of pre--industrial history considerable less puzzling than they are when approached directly.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780631156628
(215mm x 141mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Sep-1989
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Patricia Crone
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A lively introduction to how society functioned prior to the Industrial Revolution
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This learned and engaging study casts new light on the nature of religion in pre-Islamic Iran.
Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, Hardback (November 2012)
Provides the context needed for understanding contemporary politics in the Islamic world and beyond. This volume focuses on the origins and evolution of Islamic political ideas and related subjects, covering central terms, concepts, personalities, movements, places, and schools of thought across Islamic history.
Martyrdom in Islam, Hardback (January 2007)» View all books by Patricia Crone
A fascinating history of the role of martyrdom in the Muslim faith.
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Author Biography - Patricia Crone
Patricia Crone is Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford and University Lecturer in Islamic History.
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