Geopolitics and Anthropology
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The bulk of my review is concerned with Islam and the middle east, yesterday and today. Also, in this one I try to use Todd's understanding of anthropology (Kinship groups) alongside geopolitics to underline how often they seem to compliment each other. I continue to be amazed at how ignored this book is! Not that I think it explains everything; nothing ever does. But this book is (to me only it seems) as suggestive as Marx, Weber, Schumpeter, Braudel and Carl Schmitt can be.
The review is here at amazon:
It cannot be on Librarything because LT does not allow more than one review on a book and I did not want to enter another instance of this book. I already have way too many known and unknown duplicates.
The author (I think) overplays the importance of his discovery. But every original thinker does. When we think of world history, Kinship (as Emmanuel Todd understands it in this book) is but another factor that must be read along with (and against) class, ideology, ethnicity and geopolitics. (I am sure there are several more.)