From the early days of the rise to power of Hitler, Bronislaw Malinowski was an outspoken opponent of National Socialism. He began at that time to devote much attention to the analysis of war, from its development and throughout history to its disastrous manifestations at the start of the Second World War.
Freedom and Civilization, first published in 1947, is the final expression of Malinowski’s basic beliefs and conclusions regarding the war, totalitarianism and the future of humanity. This book will be of interest to students of politics and history.
Part 1: Political Prelude; Part 2: Freedom in Scientific Analysis; 1. What are we fighting for? 2. Freedom in the Birth and Growth of Culture; Part 3: The Meaning of Freedom; 1. Freedom in Its Universe of Semantic Chaos 2. Analysis of the Multiple Meanings 3. The Concept of Free-Floating-Freedom 4. Freedom in Subjective Experience 5. The Semantics of Freedom; Part 4: Freedom as a Gift of Culture; 1. The Initial Instalment of Freedom 2. Differential Contributions to Early Freedom 3. Value and Derived Needs 4. Freedom, Education and the Formation of Purpose 5. Freedom Through Organization 6. The Nature of Cultural Determinism 7. Rules of Freedom and Rules of Servitude 8. Freedom and Discipline 9. The Role of Religion and Magic 10. Mam’s Dependence on Mechanical Device; Part 5: The Real Battlefields of Freedom; 1. Democracy and Proto-Democracy 2. Power, Its Birth and Development 3. Tribe-Nation and Tribe-State 4. The State, Arbiter or Aggressor 5. War Throughout the Ages 6. War and Slavery as Main Denials of Freedom 7. Totalitarianism, the Enemy of Freedom and Culture; Epilogue: The Foundations of Democracy and Freedom to Come; Bibliography
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