Merchant, Soldier, Sage


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    Merchant, Soldier, Sage

    A History of the World in Three Castes

    David Priestland

    Penguin 2013

    Hardback 352pp 242x160mm

    9781594203107   Product Code: 19524

    Human history, this remarkable new analysis argues, has been a struggle for supremacy between three castes. At times, one of these has predominated: the soldier in the run-up to the First World War, the merchant before the crash of 1929, the sage or expert during the founding of the Welfare State. When any one assumes too much influence, a crisis ensues. Since 2008, Priestland argues, a discredited merchant class has clung to power - but a new order will soon emerge. Felt tip mark on lower trimmed edge

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