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The New Basis of Civilization

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$61.50 • £49.95 • €55.50

ISBN 9780674609013

Publication Date: 01/01/1968


280 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

Belknap Press

The John Harvard Library


Related Subjects

  • Editor’s Introduction
  • A Note on the Text
  • The New Basis of Civilization
    • Preface by the Editor
    • I. The Basis in Resources
    • II. The Basis in Heredity
    • III. The Basis in Family Life
    • IV. The Basis in Social Classes
    • V. The Basis in Social Consciousness
    • VI. The Basis in Amusement
    • VII. The Basis in Character
    • VIII. The Basis in Social Control
    • IX. The New Civilization
    • X. A Programme of Social Work

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