Conquest by Man

Conquest by Man

Conquest by Man

Conquest by Man

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The success this book has enjoyed on the continent of Europe seems to suggest that its subject matter, although long familiar to workers in the particular fields involved, has nevertheless provoked a lively interest even in readers with scholarly pursuits. Indeed, it has emerged that the specialists themselves were not always as well acquainted with the matters treated of here as might have been supposed. This is not due to the author's erudition, but merely indicates how wide is the no-man's-land, how deep the moats and how high the barriers which today divide the various branches of science and scholarship. Under the pressure of circumstances we are all well on the way to becoming specialists, specialists who, though they may be capable of some slight achievement in their own sector, have a much smaller share in their period's total body of knowledge than that possessed by their parents and forefathers.

This is a most regrettable fact, and it is one of the aims of my book to counteract this tendency by making a modest contribution to the broadening of our field of experience. It lays no claim, therefore, to being a work of original research; it is not aimed at the professional scholar or scientist, but rather at the harassed and overworked man in the street whom the struggle to earn a living and advance in his profession deprives of the time he would like to devote to increasing his general knowledge. For this reason I have tried, without any sacrifice of factual accuracy, to make the book rather more entertaining than is usual in works dealing with such a forbidding subject as ancient history, at least in Europe. Mr. Michael Bullock, who undertook the difficult task of translating my book, has carried out this wish to the full, and I must express my grateful admiration for the way in which he has entered into the spirit of the work.

A further aim in writing this book was to weaken the very widespread conviction that our progress in the technological aspects of . . .

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