Notes from Eric R Wolf’s “Europe and the People Without History”

The first edition of Eric R. Wolf’s Europe and the People Without History was published in 1982. I read the version with a new preface published in 1997. The book is a fine example of the application of Karl Marx’s ideas to the study of history, and, while difficult, comes together well to convey important ideas about our world.

Here are some passages:

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Abraham, Mesopotamian Patriarch

I am thoroughly enjoying Jared Diamond‘s The World Until Yesterday: What We Can Learn from Traditional Societies?, as I enjoyed Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse. On page 229, in the context of a discussion of why young people allow the elderly to exercise power in the form of control of property, Abraham ﷺ is described as a Hebrew patriarch.

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