The Origin and History of Politics

The Origin and History of Politics

The Origin and History of Politics

The Origin and History of Politics

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This book is an introduction to the study of the origins and development of the political aspects of human living. It has been presented in the form in which the reader finds it, owing to the conviction that there is need in our universities for a text on political development from which the student can achieve a perspective in which to set the politics of his own time and place. The study attempts to create something of such a perspective; and, further, attempts to treat political development with the use of a methodology by which the author has been influenced in the course of his interest in modern ethnology. Myres, and Atkinson, have interestingly shown how political science has been influenced by the cruder ethnology or anthropology of the past,1 and we believe the time has come for a new evaluation of political problems in the light of the more developed ethnology of today.

I doubt that one needs to justify attempting to set political problems in a perspective. The typical American senior and graduate student leaves his school in almost total ignorance of the political life and achievement of any peoples save English and Anglo-American. This represents a state of ignorance which one may well characterize as abysmal. The greatness of the past in politics has not been Anglo- Saxon, and it is very improbable that all the greatness of the future will be Anglo-Saxon. There is no doubt that to

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