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At the time of original publication in 1921, J. B. Bury was Regius Professor of Modern History, and Fellow of King's College, in the University of Cambridge, and was a profound scholar and a philosophic thinker. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Echo Library (July 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406801089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406801088
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By DANIELLE on February 4, 2013
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Had to buy this book for a class. It was kinda interesting?? It didnt really capture my attention and was hard to understand at times.
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The Commercial Revolution, Scientific Revolution, and Industrial Revolution on the background of Renaissance Humanism that placed the good life on this earth above a good life in the hereafter gave birth to the very concept of progress - the ability of rational human beings to improve individual and collective human conditions by their own efforts and initiative. Postmodernists would call the idea of Progress a "construct" of western civilization, suggesting that it has no objective validation. Even so, it is an idea that has conquered the world. When "progressives" complain about income and wellness gaps between the developed and the developing worlds they are actually endorsing the assumptions underlying the idea of progress - that rational human beings applying their energies in an organized way can solve or ameliorate any natural or manmade problem we face. This is the essence of rational Zionism and the underlying assumption of my own book "The Optimistic Jew: a Positive Vision for the Jewish People in the 21st Century". Bury's book is the classic presentation of the idea of progress.
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