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By Bethanne Patrick, John Thompson

ISBN-10: 1426212275

ISBN-13: 9781426212277

Someday approximately 30,000 years in the past, anyone caught a pointy rock right into a cut up stick--and presto! The awl was once born. Our inquisitive species simply loves tinkering, trying out, and pushing the boundaries, and this delightfully various ebook is a freewheeling connection with thousands of customs, notions, and innovations that mirror human ingenuity all through history.

From hand instruments to vacations to guns to washing machines, An unusual historical past of universal Things positive aspects thousands of colourful illustrations, timelines, sidebars, and extra because it explores near to each topic lower than the solar. Who knew that indoor plumbing has been round for 4,600 years, yet punctuation, capital letters, and the convenient areas among written phrases basically date again to the darkish a long time? Or that old infantrymen baked a type of pizza on their shields--when they weren't busy flying kites to frighten their foes?

Every web page of this quirky compendium catalogs whatever interesting, stunning, or serendipitous. a full of life, incomparably browsable learn for heritage buffs, popular culture enthusiasts, and a person who relishes the unusual and notable info hidden within the daily, it's going to tell, amuse, astonish--and adjust how you take into consideration the shrewdpermanent creatures we name people.

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Sombart, for whom "individual fulfillment can only take place within society" which was "repressive" whatever one did, wondered whether the trend described by Mr. " The danger of a destructive "enthropy" was certain unless man's creative imagination could "find the point at which the present social order could be surmounted and transcended," as Charles Fournier attempted in the I 9th century. Mrs. Sullerot specified, in her turn, the points ;where ~she was in disagreement with Mr. Young: for her, science afforded a glimpse of the possibility for women to free themselves from the biological servitude to which they had hitherto been consigned (an opinion shared by Mrs.

They are growing up in an age which signs of noticing that they exist; and often something a good deal more positive than that. The logic of educational development is also leading to a new kind of recognition of the difference between children, to the acceptance in some circles that "equality" does not mean the right to be the same as the right to be different. The attempt has been made to teach clever and stupid children together in the same school, even in the same class (particularly in Russia and Sweden); and sometimes, with a highly gifted teacher and not too many children, it works.

The abolition or blurring of the boundaries between the sexes has gone much further with younger couples than older, and furthest of all with people not yet married or, if so, only recently. The young men, with their long hair and brightly coloured clothes, make themselves more like women used to be; and young women in jeans and dull cardigans make themselves more like men once were. Given the degree of "unisex" in the "leading cadres" of European youth already achieved, it needs some imagination to conceive how the trend towards it will be further accentuated.

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