By Hutton Webster
This publication goals to provide a concise and attached account of human development in the course of historical, medieval, and early smooth instances. it may meet the necessities of these excessive colleges and preparatory faculties the place historic heritage, as a separate self-discipline, is being supplanted by way of a extra prolonged direction introductory to the learn of modern occasions and modern difficulties. the sort of direction used to be first defined via the Regents of the collage of the country of latest York of their Syllabus for Secondary faculties, issued in 1910. because the visual appeal of the Regents' Syllabus the Committee of 5 of the yank old organization has made its record (1911), suggesting a rearrangement of the curriculum which might let a year's paintings in English and Continental heritage. nonetheless extra lately the Committee on Social stories of the fee at the Reorganization of Secondary schooling, in its file (1916) to the nationwide schooling organization has certainly steered the department of eu background into components, of which the 1st should still contain old and Oriental civilization, English and Continental historical past to nearly the top of the 17th century, and the interval of yank exploration. the 1st twelve chapters of the current paintings are dependent upon the author's old background, released 4 years in the past. even with many omissions, it's been attainable to persist with with no crucial amendment the plan of the sooner quantity. a few new maps and illustrations were extra to those chapters. the choice of collateral examining, consistently a tricky challenge within the secondary university, is doubly tricky while loads floor needs to be lined in one direction. the writer ventures, for this reason, to name recognition to his Readings in historic background. Its goal, within the phrases of the preface, is "to supply immature students with numerous prolonged, unified, and fascinating extracts on concerns which a textbook treats with worthwhile, even though none the fewer deplorable, condensation." A significant other quantity, entitled Readings in Medieval and smooth historical past, should be released presently. References to either books are inserted in footnotes [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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On the other hand, the code has some rude features. Punishments were severe. For injuries to the body there was the simple rule of retaliation: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a limb for a limb. A son who had struck his father was to have his hands cut off. The nature of the punishment depended, moreover, on the rank of the aggrieved party. A person who had caused the loss of a "gentleman's" eye was to have his own plucked out; but if the injury was done to a poor man, the culprit had only to pay a fine.
Though regarded as inferiors, still they had a chance to rise in the world. If they became rich, they might hope to enter the upper class as priests or government officials. WORKMEN AND PEASANTS No such hopes encouraged the day laborer in the fields or shops. His lot was bitter poverty and a life of unending toil. If he was an unskilled workman, his wages were only enough to keep him and his family. He toiled under overseers who carried sticks and used them freely. " If the laborer was a peasant, he could be sure that the nobles from whom he rented the land and the tax collectors of the king would leave him scarcely more than a bare living.
Early European History by Hutton Webster