Enemies of Society Johnson Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1977

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Enemies of Society by Paul Johnson

In this book the author asks some fundamental questions about the health of our society. Wherein lies the essence of Western civilization as it has evolved over the last 2,000 years To what extent is it related to the growth of the capitalist industrial economy How closely meshed are political, economic and cultural freedoms If one is denied, can the others survive He begins his analysis with a grandiose historical survey of Western economic development since classical times, and shows how this process was related to political and cultural factors. He then examines the various stresses the Western society was being subjected to in the 1970's, and the fears of a real breakdown. He covers religion and philosophy, the use of language, science and pseudo-science, schools and universities, the treatment of crime and madness, the response to violence and the whole field of the arts. This is an audacious and unfashionable book, which challenges the conventional wisdom, of the time, on a number of key points and draws some unpopular morals.


  • First Edition
  • Publisher Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London; 1977
  • Hardback, 278 pp
  • Size 241 x 160mm, 800g
  • Illustrated by Derrick Holmes
  • ISBN 0 297 77294 5

Condition: Good – Good Clipped Dust Jacket, Missing Title Page, No Inscriptions, Good Copy


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Weight 0.8 kg


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