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The Origin of the Inequality of the Social Classes

Nature volume 142, pages 687688 (15 October 1938) | Download Citation



PROF. LANDTMAN'S book, in spite of certain shortcomings, will obtain a permanent place in anthropological literature as an encyclopedia of fact and theory, on such subjects as the earliest differentiation of society according to age, sex and personality ; the role of wealth, manual skill and commercial efficiency in creating primitive stratification ; the question of early phases of priesthood, in its dogmatic, social and ritual aspects. The chapters on slavery are valuable as a summary of older work, supplemented by recent evidence. The book deals somewhat briefly in the last two divisions with the genesis of nobility and with the origins of government.

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