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Introduction to europe and the people without history

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Introduction to “Europe and the People Without History ”, 1982, Eric Wolf - a classic, very well written, but in complex, literate, educated language - Wolf’s book is an attempt to correct common “western” views of the people and cultures of the rest of the world - that is, to correct ideas common among people in the core of the world system, about people in the periphery of the world system - that is, to correct ideas that contribute to the cultural hegemony of the cultures, countries, and people of the core over the cultures, countries, and people of the periphery - What is Wolf’s point in the Introduction (and in the title of the book)? - Europeans (the colonialist core of the world system) have tended to see “others” as - primitive - in an essential natural state - thus unchanging - they are seen as just being, for reasons based on their own cultural features - not as being the current state of a historical process of change, - not as the current result of active interaction with, influence from, and influence on, others around them - it was easy for Europeans to think this, because the “others” - did not appear in European historical records - had no written history of their own - or did have written history, but it was written in a language that Europeans did not read or care to study -
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  • Fall '11
  • Owen
  • Globalization, Eric Wolf, liminality, liminal states

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