Things that leave a bad taste in my mouth, Part 1 of ???

16 Feb

So obviously interaction with other blogs is helpful in ~getting off the ground~. Unfortunately, searching Technorati for history-themed blogs proves difficult. This is tragic. I was desperate enough to just type “history” into the search bar and go from there. This was about as effective as you’d guess, but I did find the Yale University Press blog, which has a “History” tag. There was disappointingly little beyond mere titles and blurbs about books, but even that was sufficiently intriguing for me to go “Hmm” and start clicking on some titles, including: Europe Between The Oceans, by Barry Cunliffe. It’s written by an archaeologist! It’s about ancient history, which I am intrigued by but have no idea where to start with! Material culture!* Then I hit this:

…[Europe] became one of the most innovative regions on the planet, generating restless adventurers who traversed the globe to trade, to explore, and often to settle. By the fifteenth century Europe was a driving world force, but the origins of its success have until now remained obscured in prehistory.

Oh, for fuck’s sake. So…what was around before the fifteenth century, then, innovation- and adventurer-wise? Nothing? All the other continents were just waiting for Europe to do shit? The book itself still sounds like it could be pretty interesting, but lordy-loo, dudes. I…was going to close with “Eurocentric much?” but I guess that’s really kind of the point.

*I am a giant material culture dork. Just to warn you all now.


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