Socialism Art Nature




This book sets out to prove that the primary factor in civilization, and the one to which most of the phenomena of human life can be traced, is not man but woman. The author, who has ransacked the whole literature, especially of the primitive races [sic], from one end of the world to the other, has come to the conclusion that the mothers have taken the first place and have contributed much more to human evolution than the men. Matriarch precedes patriarch, and it is the endeavour of the author to trace this development stage by stage from its most primitive beginnings to its latest development. He disagrees thereby with the theory which has almost become a dogma in comparative studies of society and religion; this is no reason for refusing to weigh carefully the evidence brought forward by the author in support of his theory, which he develops step by step until he reaches his final conclusions.
— http://www.jstor.org/stable/1255844?seq=1






Pardon the above excerpt from an obviously-conservative reviewer on JSTOR, but it was nonetheless the best little synopsis of the book I could quickly find on the interwebs.

This book sets out to prove that the primary factor in civilization, and the one to which most of the phenomena of human life can be traced, is not man but woman. The author, who has ransacked the whole literature, especially of the primitive races [sic], from one end of the world to the other, has come to the conclusion that the mothers have taken the first place and have contributed much more to human evolution than the men. Matriarch precedes patriarch, and it is the endeavour of the author to trace this development stage by stage from its most primitive beginnings to its latest development. He disagrees thereby with the theory which has almost become a dogma in comparative studies of society and religion; this is no reason for refusing to weigh carefully the evidence brought forward by the author in support of his theory, which he develops step by step until he reaches his final conclusions.

http://www.jstor.org/stable/1255844?seq=1

Pardon the above excerpt from an obviously-conservative reviewer on JSTOR, but it was nonetheless the best little synopsis of the book I could quickly find on the interwebs.


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