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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating approach, 20 April 2009
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This is a fascinating review of the development of human civilization through shifting modes of production. Whilst this might sound dry, the book is beautifully written and engaging, and destined to stimulate anyone with an open mind into thinking more about the course of human history. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Antiquity and Feudalism 1974 A.D., 22 Jan 2002
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When I first read this book I loved it. In it Mr. Anderson gives clear and unambiguous explanations to complex historical processes in a easily accessible way.
Then I studied Scandinavian Archaeology.
And discovered that many of Mr. Andersons assumtions are now very dated. His veiws on the prehistoric germans is very influenced of now amongst archaeologists long abandoned theories. This is sad, partly because it may make the reader doubt on all the explanations presented in the book, and partly because the fact that Mr Anderssons applies a Marxist perspective may incorrectly give many readers the impression that the perspective in itself is incorrect.
The book is however, despite its flaws, a must as a clear and easily accesible example - and proof - of how much historical and archaeological research has changed during the last decades. The fact that it covers all of Europe rather than a single coungry or area is also a great plus.
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