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Solidarity is through sources of difference rather than similarity. Just as more complex physical structures depend upon the differences amongst their constitutive parts for survival, upon specialised physical functions, so the organic solidarity enjoys cohesion through the very specialised nature ofthe individual members and specialised groups that make up the totality. Such a solidarity is 'organic' in its living specialisation as opposed to a 'mechanical' condition where each part resembles every other in a dead, unreflective manner.
Ifthe category of'the Economic' (Dumont, 1972, p. 209) was a uniquely European phenomenon, the degree to wh ich this category dominated the mind and actions of men was more extreme in England with the advent of industry than at any time before, or - and this is crucially significant - since. Second, the impact of this unique separation of the 'economic' from the political and social has had an impact on man's views of himself and his social relationships way beyond the confines of the British Isles, the notion of a 'sclf-regulating economy' to which political and social relationships are subordinated, the notion of a society subscribing to the model of the free play of supply and demand has had political and social, as well as intellectual, implications which have structured confticts decisively throughout the world.
65). In this commercialisation the wool trade played a central role by extending international trade and linking town and country into a single commercial system. ' Land in the feudal period had been the basis of most social relationships, the lord gran ted protection and land to the peasant in return for labour services and some military commitment, this tended to be hereditaryand both lord and serf shared reciprocal bonds of duties and obligations, their bond was thus personalised and had the fuH weight oftradition behind it.