Merchant, Soldier, Sage by David Priestland audiobook

Merchant, Soldier, Sage: A History of the World in Three Castes

By David Priestland
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Blackstone Publishing 9780241955215
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A bold new interpretation of modern history as a struggle between three economic groups We are now living in an age of merchants, but it was not always so. The history of civilization, in large part, is a story of a battle between agrarian aristocracy, the military, and a class of learned experts, or priests. Yet in seventeenth-century England and in the Netherlands, another group entered the mêlée for power: the merchants. For the last four decades, the merchant’s power has been unfettered. In Merchant, Soldier, Sage, acclaimed Oxford scholar David Priestland proposes a radical new approach to understanding today’s balance of power and analyzes the societal and economic historical conditions required for one of these three value systems to dominate. Priestland asserts that, in the wake of the Great Recession, the weakened and discredited merchant still clings to power—but the world is again in the midst of a period of upheaval.

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A bold new interpretation of modern history as a struggle between three economic groups

We are now living in an age of merchants, but it was not always so. The history of civilization, in large part, is a story of a battle between agrarian aristocracy, the military, and a class of learned experts, or priests. Yet in seventeenth-century England and in the Netherlands, another group entered the mêlée for power: the merchants. For the last four decades, the merchant’s power has been unfettered.

In Merchant, Soldier, Sage, acclaimed Oxford scholar David Priestland proposes a radical new approach to understanding today’s balance of power and analyzes the societal and economic historical conditions required for one of these three value systems to dominate. Priestland asserts that, in the wake of the Great Recession, the weakened and discredited merchant still clings to power—but the world is again in the midst of a period of upheaval.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Useful, often-clarifying trifocals through which to view the world.” Kirkus Reviews
“Priestland is consistently engaging, whether in his discussion of the marshaling of Confucius’s teachings for political ends or in pegging former President George W. Bush as a warrior….Ambitious, well organized, and insightful.” Publishers Weekly
"[An] investigation into the financial crisis of 2008 and how civilization’s failure to properly rein in the merchant in its wake might negatively affect the future.” Daily Beast
“In illustrating these larger processes of caste conflict and caste collaboration, the author offers crisp portraits of entrepreneurs, economists, and warriors…[with] sparkling prose and…arresting comparisons.” Financial Times (London)
“Concise but extremely ambitious…well worth pondering and reflecting on…Among the many contributions to the dissection of our current predicament, this is surely one of the most thought-provoking.” The Guardian (London)
“We have here a gripping, argument-led history, effortlessly moving between New York, Tokyo and Berlin, from the Reformation to the 2008 economic crisis…Here, at last, is a work that places the current crisis in a longer history of seismic shifts in the balance of social power.” BBC History Magazine

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Author Bio: David Priestland

Author Bio: David Priestland

David Priestland is a British historian. He is university lecturer in modern history at the University of Oxford and is Fellow of St Edmund Hall. He has studied Communism in all its forms for many years, in both Oxford and Moscow State Universities. He is the author of several books, including Merchant, Soldier, Sage; Stalinism and the Politics of Mobilization, and The Red Flag which was shortlisted for the Longman/History Today prize.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 13.21
Audience: Adult
Language: English