By Richard Donkin
This sweeping survey of the background of labor, from hunter-gatherers to dotcom telecommuters, deftly compresses hundreds of thousands of years of human evolution into an incisive quantity that the Toronto 'Globe & Mail' calls "a web page turner of a book". it's a e-book approximately paintings, in regards to the association and administration of labor, however it can also be a publication approximately people.
This is a revised and newly titled version of Blood, Sweat and Tears: The Evolution of Work(Sep 12, 2002) .
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Why have great skills been lost periodically throughout history? There seems to be a c onspiracy of obsolescence, usually involving a c ombination o f c ommon i nf uences – f ashion, i nnovation, and p rice. M ummif cation a nd a ll t he f unerary t rappings t hat went with it was a costly process, but this does not seem to have undermined t he p ractice. Q uite t he o pposite. S kills d iminish when a practice spreads out to a wider audience, where new practitioners enter the market and begin to compete on price.
Fettered Lives Fear and want – are these not two of the biggest factors driving the m odern e mployee? I f t hese w ere re moved, t he e mployer would n eed t o revise h is re cruitment a nd ma nagement s ystems. We shall see i n f uture chapters t hat t hese conditions a re i ndeed disappearing, posing new challenges for those who need to secure the employment of people. In a s ociety d ominated by work, w here t he n eed for work i s greater than it has ever been, our liberty begins to be d ef ned by our wi llingness o r o therwise t o d o t hat work.
T his did not ma ke for 17 18 The History of Work happy slaves a nd led to several serious revolts, the most famous of which, led by Spartacus in 73 bc, was brutally suppressed, the bodies of the executed captives lining the routes into Rome so that all could witness the futility of insurrection. The u nease o f t he s lave o wner – be st s ummarized, pe rhaps, by a Roman proverb which held that the number of your enemies equaled t he n umber o f y our s laves – crea ted a t hirst f or s ome better ra tionale for t he ma nagement of slaves.
The History of Work by Richard Donkin