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Description - Pre-industrial Societies by Patricia Crone

Non-academic readers 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 the most to a comparison between two or three; and those which attempt more general surveys tend to be either long or else abstract. Where does one turn for a brief summary of the ground-rules? A bluffer'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 bluffer'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 long nor (it is hoped) abstract.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780631156628
ISBN-10: 0631156623
Format: Paperback / softback
(215mm x 141mm x 12mm)
Pages: 226
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Sep-1989
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Patricia Crone

Patricia Crone is Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford and University Lecturer in Islamic History.