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The Resource Keeping together in time : dance and drill in human history, William H. McNeill

Keeping together in time : dance and drill in human history, William H. McNeill

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Keeping together in time : dance and drill in human history
Title
Keeping together in time
Title remainder
dance and drill in human history
Statement of responsibility
William H. McNeill
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In Keeping Together in Time one of the most widely read and respected historians in America pursues the possibility that coordinated rhythmic movement - and the shared feelings it evokes - has been a powerful force in holding human groups together. As he has done for historical phenomena as diverse as warfare, plague, and the pursuit of power, William McNeill brings a dazzling breadth and depth of knowledge to his study of dance and drill in human history. From the records of distant and ancient peoples to the latest findings of the life sciences, he discovers evidence that rhythmic movement has played a profound role in creating and sustaining human communities. The behavior of chimpanzees, festival village dances, the close-order drill of early modern Europe, the ecstatic dance-trances of shamans and dervishes, the goose-stepping Nazi formations, the morning exercises of factory workers in Japan - all these and many more figure in the bold picture McNeill draws. A sense of community is the key, and shared movement, whether dance or military drill, is its mainspring. McNeill focuses on the visceral and emotional sensations such movement arouses, particularly the euphoric fellow-feeling he calls "muscular bonding." These sensations, he suggests, endow groups with a capacity for cooperation, which in turn improves their chance of survival
Cataloging source
DLC
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1917-2016
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McNeill, William Hardy
Illustrations
illustrations
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Military history
  • Unit cohesion (Military science)
  • Drill and minor tactics
  • Rhythm
  • Rhythm
  • Dancing
  • Dancing
  • Movement, Psychology of
Label
Keeping together in time : dance and drill in human history, William H. McNeill
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [159]-190) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Muscular bonding -- 2. Human evolution -- 3. Small communities -- 4. Religious ceremonies -- 5. Politics and war -- Conclusion
Control code
0674502299
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 198 p
Isbn
9780674502291
Lccn
95008794
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill
Label
Keeping together in time : dance and drill in human history, William H. McNeill
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [159]-190) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Muscular bonding -- 2. Human evolution -- 3. Small communities -- 4. Religious ceremonies -- 5. Politics and war -- Conclusion
Control code
0674502299
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 198 p
Isbn
9780674502291
Lccn
95008794
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill

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