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    DescriptionCould something as simple and seemingly natural as falling into step have marked us for evolutionary success? In "Keeping Together in Time" one of the most widely read and respected historians in America pursues the possibility that coordinated rhythmic movement--and the shared feelings it evokes--has been a powerful force in holding human groups together. As he has done for historical phenomena as diverse as warfare, plague, and the pursuit of power, William H. McNeill brings a dazzling breadth and depth of knowledge to his study of dance and drill in human history. From the records of distant and ancient peoples to the latest findings of the life sciences, he discovers evidence that rhythmic movement has played a profound role in creating and sustaining human communities. The behavior of chimpanzees, festival village dances, the close-order drill of early modern Europe, the ecstatic dance-trances of shamans and dervishes, the goose-stepping Nazi formations, the morning exercises of factory workers in Japan--all these and many more figure in the bold picture McNeill draws. A sense of community is the key, and shared movement, whether dance or military drill, is its mainspring. McNeill focuses on the visceral and emotional sensations such movement arouses, particularly the euphoric fellow-feeling he calls "muscular bonding." These sensations, he suggests, endow groups with a capacity for cooperation, which in turn improves their chance of survival. A tour de force of imagination and scholarship, "Keeping Together in Time" reveals the muscular, rhythmic dimension of human solidarity. Its lessons will serve us well as we contemplate the future of the human community and of ourvarious local communities.


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    Title
    Keeping Together in Time
    Subtitle
    Dance and Drill in Human History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William H McNeill
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 220
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781597406741
    ISBN 10: 1597406740
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25520
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BIC subject category V2: JFCA
    Libri: I-HP
    DC21: 306.4
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000, HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    Abridged Dewey: 909
    DC22: 306.4
    Publisher
    ACLS History E-Book Project
    Imprint name
    ACLS History E-Book Project
    Publication date
    30 August 2008
    Review quote
    Every now and then, a slender, graceful, unassuming little volume modestly proposes a radical rethinking of human history. Such a book is "Keeping Together in Time,.".Important, witty, and thoroughly approachable, [it] could, perhaps, only be written by a scholar in retirement with a lifetime's interdisciplinary reading to ponder, the imagination to conceive unanswerable questions, and the courage, in this age of over-speculation, to speculate in areas where certainty is impossible. Its vision of dance as a shaper of evolution, a perpetually sustainable and sustaining resource, would crown anyone's career. -- Penelope Reed Doob "Toronto Globe and Mail"