A Brief Life of Thomas Hobbes, 1588-1679 » Thomas Hobbes

THOMAS HOBBES (1588-1679)

1651

Taming The Beast
Thomas Hobbes publishes Leviathan, which says that man’s natural state is anarchic competition. In his self-interest, man forms peaceful societies via the social contract, without which life would be ‘nasty, brutish, and short’.

1789

The Father of U.S. Industry
Onetime textile apprentice Samuel Slater arrives in the U.S. from England. Having stolen most of his former employer’s technology, he builds the fledgling nation’s first successful cotton mill in Pawtucket, R.I., giving birth to the modern U.S. manufacturing age.

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