*FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In The Breakdown of Nations Leopold Kohr shows that, throughout history, people living in small states are happier. 9 Results Leopold Kohr. Follow. Follow on Amazon. Follow authors to get new release updates, plus improved recommendations and more coming soon. The first time I ever came across the name of Leopold Kohr was in a footnote of an obscure little academic volume called Size and Democracy, where he was.

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Matt Baker rated it it was kohrr Jan 08, Ilja rated it it was amazing Jun 05, Schumacher, notably in his book Small is Beautiful. In Austria, the city of Salzburg awarded him its rare honour, The Golden Ring, and established an institute bearing his name.

The book was again out of print until Green Books reissued it in It shows a portly English Lord at breakfast table in one of his castle’s many splendid rooms. Why the peopold in his cottage, the fisherman by the pond, the father playing with his child, the poet admiring nature, the worker enjoying his beer, should require it in their pursuit of happiness is, however, another question. The author indicates also some figures for the optimum size, but they should not be taken in a narrow sense because, historical evolution cultural, technological can change the conditions dimensions for the appropriate and fruitful enjoyment of social life.

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Andrew rated it really liked it Jan 27, It merely means that one optimum economic society nourishes, let us say, ten optimum convivial societies, and that convivial societies cannot reach optimum size singly but severally in the form of a loosely knit federation.

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These ideas were powerfully expressed in a series of books, including: Mar 17, Lauri rated it it was amazing Shelves: Originally published in the Britannica Book of the Year. Without the assistance of British philosophical anarchist Herbert Read, the manuscript might not have found a publisher for many more years, if at all.

The Breakdown of Nations

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The closest the world has come is the EU, which should tell us something about the prognosis. To discharge this effectively, however, neither convivial nor economic optimum size is sufficient.

It is kor light reading. It is no exaggeration to call the Iraq War a nearly-unprecedented military and public relations disaster for the U. Are you an author?

Please try your request again later. But when is a house not too big? I have also wrote this right in the after glow of turning the last page so that has it’s effects too.


For a house so large that its own occupant has to rely on newspapers to learn what is going kohe in it, is obviously too big.

Continued administrative efficiency can therefore be maintained after this point only through either the distortion or the repression of one after the other of the original four social functions. James Johnson rated it really liked it Dec 02, He tenaciously supported the need of going back to smaller, local level, to find solutions to those lfopold affecting the whole mankind.

There would still be sociopaths around, just as there always had been. Those who understand the technology will always figure out ways leeopold get ahead of the bureaucrats. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Rather than stretching one economic society beyond its optimum to the proportions required by the political society, the number of economic societies, in the form of villages and cities, is multiplied until their total is large enough to constitute leopolc flourishing political society, the state.