The Atlantic Volume 40

The Atlantic Volume 40

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...the existence of barbarians and of savages who were found, physically and mentally, too far below the conceived standard of a supposed original man. In order to furnish a basis for comparing the difierent branches of the human family at different stages of their growth, the following divisions and subdivisions are substituted for the " age of stone," " of bronze," and "of iron" introduced by the Danish archaeologists, namely: I. Savagery, subdivided as follows: (i.) lower status of savagery, beginning with the infancy of the human race, and ending with the acquisition of a fish subsistence and a knowledge of fire; (ii.) middle status of savagery, ending with the invention of the bow and arrow; (iii.) upper status of savagery, ending with the invention of the art of pottery. II. Barbarism, subdivided as follows: ( i.) lower status of barbarism, beginning with the invention of the art of pottery, and ending with the domestication of animals in the eastern hemisphere, and with cultivation by irrigation, and the use of adobe brick and stone architecture, in the westem hemisphere; (ii.) middle status of barbarism, ending with the smelting of iron ore; (iii.) upper status of barbarism, ending with the invention of a phonetic alphabet and the use of writing in literary composition. III. Civilization, subdivided into ancient and modern. The arts, institutions, and mode of life in the same status are found to he essentially identical upon all portions of the globe. And the germs of the institutions and arts of life were developed while man was still a savage. The growth of intelligence is first traced by Mr. Morgan through inventions and discoveries; secondly, in the idea of government; thirdly, in the idea of the...
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  • Paperback | 486 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 862g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123678099X
  • 9781236780997