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Measures and Men, considers times and societies in which weighing and measuring were meaningful parts of everyday life and weapons in class struggles.

Originally published in 1986.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. TRANSLATOR'S NOTE
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. GLOSSARY
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. PART ONE
  1. 1 THE REPRESENTATIONAL AND FUNCTIONAL CHARACTER OF PAST MEASURES
  2. pp. 3-8
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  1. 2 REALISTIC AND SYMBOLIC CONCEPTIONS OF MEASURES AND MEASURING
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. 3 BELIEFS ASSOCIATED WITH MEASURES AND MEASURING
  2. pp. 13-17
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  1. 4 MEASURES AS AN ATTRIBUTE OF AUTHORITY
  2. pp. 18-23
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  1. 5 MAN AS THE MEASURE OF ALL THINGS (ANTHROPOMETRIC MEASURES)
  2. pp. 24-28
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  1. 6 HOW WAS LAND MEASURED? (AGRARIAN MEASURES)
  2. pp. 29-42
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  1. 7 HOW WAS GRAIN MEASURED?
  2. pp. 43-70
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  1. 8 HOW WAS BREAD MEASURED?
  2. pp. 71-78
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  1. 9 STANDARDS AND THE GUARANTEES OF THEIR IMMUTABILITY
  2. pp. 79-81
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  1. 10 SYSTEMS OF DIVISION AND GROUPING (MNEMOTECHNICS)
  2. pp. 82-86
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  1. 11 THE MAGNITUDE OF THE MEASURE AND THE VALUE OF THE SUBSTANCE MEASURED
  2. pp. 87-89
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  1. 12 THE HISTORY OF HISTORICAL METROLOGY
  2. pp. 90-93
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  1. 13 HISTORICAL METROLOGY AS A BRANCH OF THE STUDY OF HISTORY
  2. pp. 94-101
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  1. 14 THE FUNCTIONS OF MEASURES IN THE PRE-CAPITALIST COMMODITY AND CREDIT MARKETS
  2. pp. 102-110
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  1. 15 THE INERTIA OF MEASURES AND THEIR VARIABILITY
  2. pp. 111-113
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  1. 16 THE TENDENCIES TOWARDS STANDARDIZATION
  2. pp. 114-119
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  1. 17┬ĚSOCIAL CONDITIONS AND THEEMERGENCE OF CONVENTIONALMEASURES
  2. pp. 120-124
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  1. PART TWO
  1. 18 CLASS STRUGGLE IN THE POLISH COUNTRYSIDE FROM THE SIXTEENTH TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
  2. pp. 127-146
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  1. 19 THE STRUGGLE OF THE NOBILITY WITH THE BOURGEOISIE IN THE URBAN MARKET
  2. pp. 147-155
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  1. 20 THE HISTORY OF THE STANDARDIZATION OF MEASURES IN POLAND FROM THE SIXTEENTH TO THE TWENTIETHTH CENTURY
  2. pp. 156-158
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  1. PART THREE
  1. 21 ATTEMPTS TO STANDARDIZE MEASURES IN FRANCE FROM 789 TO 1789AND THEIR FAILURE
  2. pp. 161-184
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  1. 22 "ONE KING, ONE LAW, ONE WEIGHT, ONE MEASURE!"
  2. pp. 185-227
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  1. 23 "ONE OF THE BLESSINGS OF THE REVOLUTION"
  2. pp. 228-264
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  1. PART FOUR
  1. 24 "FOR ALL PEOPLE, FOR ALL TIME!"
  2. pp. 267-288
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 289-338
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  1. SOURCES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 339-374
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  1. INDEX
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