„Our methods were becoming more sophisticated, but their yield seemed increasingly commonplace. To stem a descent into triviality, I thought, we needed to search out the causes of the present in the past.“

—  Eric Wolf

Preface (1982), p. xv.
Europe and the People Without History, 1982

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American anthropologist 1923 - 1999

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„A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies.“

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