Driving Force

Stuart Hampshire

  • Life Chances by Ralf Dahrendorf
    Weidenfeld, 181 pp, £8.95, January 1980, ISBN 0 297 77682 7

It is not disarming when Professor Dahrendorf writes, in the very first sentence of his Preface: ‘The subject of this volume is simple: what are human societies about?’ And later: ‘What is human society and its history about?’ The intention is probably to appear informal, friendly and approachable, and at the same time to be profound in theme: but the effect is depressing.

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