I Wanna Be Literated! 111

I Wanna Be Literated! 111

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016
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A critical evaluation of Freedom and Organization by Bertrand Russell.

If you’re going to learn about history, why not learn from the best? I have to hand it to Bertrand Russell (because the man hasn’t been praised enough) for these inventive books which are both unique in their content and style.

Freedom and Organization has an odd content which is to analyze the main influences of 1814-1914 that shaped the world. Maybe this century is of such importance because with depleted resources and uncharted land, the western powers can now only compete with each other.

Much in the style of his must-read History of Western Philosophy, Freedom and Organization focuses on the topics, ideas, and men (sorry, ladies) who influenced Europe and America (only the US) in this century. Written in his trademark wit and beautiful sentence structures, Russell knows how to focus on the parts that are important to the reader.

I suspect that this book is somewhat limited in the depth of its subjects, but it’s still a thorough analysis of the century with topics like Capitalism, Democracy, Competition, Economics, Socialism, Slavery, Imperialism, and men such as Mill, Owen, Marx, Bismarck and others. So yes, it seems like details are being left out, but the scope is still remarkable. And once again, we are left with another book by Bertrand Russell which might just be essential reading to everyone. [OLLIE OTTOMAN]

Author:
http://russell.mcmaster.ca/

http://bertrandrussell.org/links/

Novel:
Freedom and Organization is available now. Buy it here on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Organization-Routledge-Classics-Bertrand/dp/0415487390/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464191954&sr=8-1&keywords=Bertrand+Russell+-+Freedom+and+Organization

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