New Thinkers Library

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New Thinkers Library

Our New Thinkers Library contains three titles by three extraordinary men:

Bertrand Russell's Let the People Think
V Gordon Childes' Man Makes Himself
and Prehistory of European Society
Benjamin Farrington's Head and Hand in Ancient Greece

<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Let the People Think</span>Let the People Think
By Bertrand Russell

In this selection of his essays, first published in 1941, sparkling wit and crystal clarity combine with a profundity and deep humanity that single him out as on of the world's mist formative thinkers. He offers his thoughts on the value of scepticism, free thought and propaganda, fascism, youthful cynicism, insects and comets.

Price: 9.99

120 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 6772


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>The Prehistory of European Society</span>The Prehistory of European Society
By V. Gordon Childe

'Gordon Childe was the leading prehistorian of the first half of the 20th century. An Australian by origin, who had studied in both Sydney and Oxford and played an active role in left-wing politics in Australia before coming to Britain to stay permanently in the 1920s, he went on to hold senior positions at the University of Edinburgh then the University of London, as Director of the Institute of Archaeology. Throughout his academic career his declared goal was an understanding of the evolution of European society as "a peculiar and individual manifestation of the human spirit". He pursued this goal at two different levels, on the one hand producing detailed accounts of the emerging archaeological evidence for European prehistory on the basis of his own first hand examination of material in European museums, on the other writing higher level syntheses to convey his developing ideas to a more general audience. As a result of widely read works such as Man Makes Himself (1936) and What Happened in History (1942) Childe's ideas were very influential far beyond the narrow confines of archaeology, an influence never equalled by later generations of archaeological synthesisers.'

Stephen Shennan
UCL Institute of Archaeology
From his new Foreword


Price: 15.00

200 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 7564


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Man Makes Himself</span>Man Makes Himself
by V Gordon Childe

Man Makes Himself is the classic introduction to the history of early man. Starting over 340,000 years ago, when man's ability to make a fire and fashion stone tools helped him to survive among the wild beasts, it traces his development as a food producer, the emergence of cities and states, the rise of foreign trade and the urban revolution.

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244 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 085124 6499


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Head and Hand in Ancient Greece</span>Head and Hand in Ancient Greece
By Benjamin Farrington

The four essays which make up this volume treat four great movements of ancient thought historically.
The first essay discusses the character of the great early period of Greek science.

The second traces the effects on the art and science of medicine of social changes affecting the attitude to manual work and the manual worker.

Stoicism, as a living and developing movement in a changing environment, forms the subject of the third essay.

The fourth shows how the mild religion and bold science of Epicurus threatened to rob superstition of its police function and alarmed the governing class.

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119 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 6543


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