Merchant soldier sage a new history of power david priestland on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a bold new interpretation of modern history as a struggle between three economic groups we are now living in an age of merchants. Richard j evans on a thoughtful explanation of our current crisis. It is the genius of this book to look at modern history afresh as a struggle between the merchant caste the soldier and the sage in this drama the merchant is the principal actor into the early years of the 20th century the merchant remained everywhere in an inferior position to aristocrats and technocrats except in the united states. To ask other readers questions about merchant soldier sage please sign up be the first to ask a question about merchant soldier sage i have to admit that i ignored this book for quite a while because of the title and my personal weariness with similarly labelled archetypal models invariably . From historian david priestland merchant soldier sage is a remarkable book that proposes a radical new approach to how we see our world and who runs it in the vein of francis fukuyamas the end of historywe live in an age ruled by merchants competition flexibility and profit are still the common currency even at a time when western countries have been driven off a cliff by these very
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