By Richard Donkin
This sweeping survey of the historical past 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 booklet approximately paintings, concerning the association and administration of labor, however it can be a e-book 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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Techniques were also lost in other areas such as building and medicine. Em balming, f or e xample, w ould n ever a gain reac h the peaks of sophistication attained about 1,000 bc. Modern-day funeral d irectors c an o nly l ook b ack i n awe t o t he p rofessional skills of the ancient Egyptian embalmers, who were part of a professional elite that included builders, stonemasons, and architects such as Imhotep, the f rst named architect. Why have great skills been lost periodically throughout history?
1 The Fayum district had been settled partly by Greek soldiers, who h ad f ought f or s uccessive P tolemaic k ings, a nd p artly b y Egyptian l aborers. B y t he t ime E gypt f ell u nder R oman c ontrol the Fayum population consisted of a m ixture of Greeks and Egyptians at various stages of integration. The people of Fayum combined a be lief i n t he a fter-life – ce lebrated i n e laborate Egyptian funerary practices – with a G reek heritage and Roman administrative p ractices. F ayum m ummies w ere c omplemented by G reek-style po rtraiture, a nd t he po rtraits a re t ruly re markable.
The History of Work by Richard Donkin