Better technology enables freedom
Social relations establish and by that means town
communities, based on mutual relations and obligations in working life, but also
at home, where less generations are collected in the same house.
Better technology and use of slaves and servants means more profit and capital accumulation. Tax collection means infrastructure and gradually social welfare, to begin with a workhouse, poor relief and so on...
Without being in
possession of contemporary sources, the element of uncertainty is considerable
describing a past situation. Even with a contemporary source present it is well
known that written sources normally have come into existence with a certain end
in view. Very often a source contains a hidden agenda by the priority, the point
of view, and itís stressing of the sequences...
The difficulty of approaching the past to make an attempt to understand it on its own is harder today than ever. You have to eliminate your contemporaries in the understanding. When scientists approach the universe using telescopes they build observatories on top of distant mountains, far away from the city light. Likewise you ought to isolate the realization from civilization and the continuous influence of the media. Very few people have got that possibility...
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