Family and Civilization

Family and Civilization

Paperback Background: Essential Texts for the Conservative Mind

By (author) Carle C. Zimmerman, Edited by James Kurth

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  • Publisher: Isi Books
  • Format: Paperback | 425 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 216mm x 23mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 25 January 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Wilmington
  • ISBN 10: 1933859377
  • ISBN 13: 9781933859378
  • Edition: 2, Abridged
  • Edition statement: 2nd abridged edition
  • Sales rank: 224,276

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"Family and Civilization" is the magnum opus of Carle Zimmerman, a distinguished sociologist who taught for many years at Harvard University. In this unjustly forgotten work Zimmerman demonstrates the close and causal connections between the rise and fall of different types of families and the rise and fall of civilizations, particularly ancient Greece and Rome, medieval and modern Europe, and the United States. Zimmerman traces the evolution of family structure from tribes and clans to extended and large nuclear families to the small nuclear families and broken families of today. And he shows the consequences of each structure for the bearing and rearing of children; for religion, law, and everyday life; and for the fate of civilization itself. Originally published in 1947, this compelling analysis predicted many of today's cultural and social controversies and trends, including youth violence and depression, abortion and homosexuality, the demographic collapse of Europe and of the West more generally, and the displacement of peoples. This new edition, part of ISI Books' Background series, has been edited and abridged by cultural commentator James Kurth of Swarthmore College and includes essays on the text by Kurth, Allan Carlson, and Bryce Christensen.

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Carle C. Zimmerman was an eminent professor of sociology at Harvard University and the founder of the subdiscipline of rural sociology. Among his many other books are "The Changing Community" and "Marriage and the Family: A Text for Moderns." James Kurth is the Claude C. Smith Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, co-chairman of the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Center for the Study of America and the West, and editor of "Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs."