The Builder Volume 44

The Builder Volume 44

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: any of those tiny obstacles which the stream would otherwise have swept away without their aid. It is evident that a levelling process of the kind means two thing=. It meansa fall in the higher places, equal in its measurement to the rise in the lower. That there may be, and has been, a general rise we do not question; but no one will for a moment suggest that this rise has been such as to lift those who were formerly in the lowest condition to the level of those who were in the highest. And any marchshort of this, in so far as it approaches equalisetion, must certainly depress those who were formerly the best ofi, not only comparatively, but positively. Of this tendency we have, in this country, experienced very much more of the effects than we have as yet realised. It has been our fortune to see the change effected in some foreign parts, ---in Italy, for example, ---ut the. very moment of the overthrow of the secular barriers of an old regime. ln England we are most of us too busy, or too nearly interested, at once to take in the full meaning of muchthat we see and hear. It is thus in the condition of our neighbours that we are apt to find the readiest illustration of the effect of that great levelling of human conditions which ensues on the opening of free, ample, and very cheap int-ercommunication. Our habits and customs, our pleasures and recreations, our rules of business, and our methods of work, differ so widely from those of our nearest neighbours on the other side of the Channel, that the great industrial and social changes that France is so rapidly undergoing do not come home to us as closely as, perhaps, they ought. While our ocean distance from the United States is so far larger than our sea passage from France,show more

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  • Paperback | 972 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 49mm | 1,696g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236889495
  • 9781236889492