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The call to adventure has played a double role since the Middle Ages. Nerlich says knights-errant, merchant princes, and gentlemen adventurers all typified ideals that served to justify social change. But they also helped consolidate power: The knights were often unruly louts needing a civilizing idea (rescuing damsels or whatever); the merchant princes helped build the modern state; the gentlemen adventurers served new empires. Nerlich, a free-thinking Marxist, might have carried his story past the enlightenment to the football field , even to Colonel North. He probably exaggerates the importance of adventure, but this is as good a try at philosophical history as anything since Franz Borkenau's End and Beginning . Leslie Armour, Univ. of Ottawa, Canada
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Descripción Univ of Minnesota Pr, 1987. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería SONG0816615373