Reading recommendations

Very much recommended

I’ve picked up a new book recently that I highly recommend, in which the authors are having a new look at history, starting at the Ice Age and progressing through time.

Interesting is the first chapter where they look at how we Europeans looked at indigenous people in the 17th, 18th, and 19th century, and how people reading the books of those then engaged in discussions with those people were amazed at how eloquent and wise their criticism of European culture was. It didn’t take long until opposing criticism came, saying that the conversation couldn’t possibly have taken place, because the indigenous didn’t have the education needed for such eloquence. The authors say that this is probably why we have two conflicting opinions of indigenous people, one that they are primordially wise and uncorrupted, and another that says that they are primitive and dilapidated remnants of past days. There is a lot of evidence that suggests that neither position is correct and that our perception of indigenous people also infuences our perception of prehistory.

I’ll have more to say when I have finished the book, but it is a good read.