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Titre : Island on the Edge of the World. the Story ...
Éditeur : Taplinger Publishing Co. ,, New York
Date d'édition : 1972
Reliure : Hard Cover
157 pages, 8 plates, 3 maps, cloth, dj, ex-library with usual library markings otherwise very good. From the dj: For 2000 years or more, the island of St. Kilda, lying 110 miles west of the Scottish mainland, was amost completely isolated from the rest of the world. Its inhabitants were people who in many ways had more in common with primitive tribes of various parts of the world than with the city-dwellers of their own country - they lived a simple but rewarding life dictated by their environment. As long as St. Kilda remained remote from the world its society was workable, even utopian, until the 19th century, when the island was discovered by missionaries, do-gooders, and tourists. Unable to withstand the pressure of 'civilization,' the St. Kildan culture gradually disintegrated, the population dwindled, and in 1930 the few remaining islanders asked to be evacuated. The destruction of St. Kildan culture, brought forcefully home in this compelling book, is a microcosm of a process which is taking place, often on a much larger scale, all over the world. Island On the Edge of the World is a beautifully written and moving account of human endeavor in the unending struggle between man and nature for coexistence. N° de réf. du libraire 14678
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