Originally published in 1924, Dudley Buxton explores the evolution of primitive societies in relation to labour. This is mostly done by studying primitive inventions to try and understand how each of these inventions was used to contribute to everyday living and to develop the society’s material culture. This study places an emphasis on understanding the importance of various industrial tools to societies in relation to different industries and geographical factors such as climate. This title will be of interest to students of Anthropology.
Part 1: Specialization of Labour; 1. Introduction 2. The Division of Labour 3. The Principal Types of Human Societies 4. The Classifications of Primitive Labour; Part 2: Natural Conditions of Labour; 5. The Influence of Climate 6. The Influence of Locality 7. Natural Conditions in Prehistoric Times; Part 3: Types and Stages of Labour; 8. The Earliest Arts of Human Life 9. The Development of Labour in Western Europe 10. Labour on the Tundra 11. Labour in Northern Forests 12. Labour in Plains and Deserts 13. Labour in Tropical Forests 14. Labour in the Forest Clearings 15. Labour and the Man; Index
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