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Trade unionism as a factor in social evolution


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Taylor, Alfred J (1892) Trade unionism as a factor in social evolution. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 32-43.

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In any endeavour to trace the evolution of social life, we
may safely assume as a starting point that the family is the
natural foundation of all social relations.
Blood relationship would naturally, in its infancy, form the
strongest tie between members of the human race. Then
would come the ties of kinship : and these in turn would
broaden out into the realisation of duties as between man and
man—the observance of which would be necessary to give
stability to a brotherhood based on the foundations of a
general social relationship. As the conditions of society
became more complex, various and conflicting interests would
necessarily arise ; and in time would become developed those
-well-defined separations of interests that characterise the
social relations of the Nineteenth-Century Civilisation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 32-43
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2013 05:03
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:48
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