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A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History by Manuel De Landa
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Jun 11, 2007

really liked it
Read in May, 2007

a look at history through theme and method rather than chronological cause-and-effect.
more interesting for the way it's organized than the histories it's documenting, though those are sometimes fascinating too.
delanda shows the links connecting biological, geological, economic, and linguistic histories, explaining immigration via pathology (i.e. the way microbes come in and out of the body to effect disease), social class dynamics/formation via rock stratification, and pidgin histories by way of psychoanalysis. weird, sometimes astounding, this text (and its 100 pages of footnotes) won't help your pub trivia scores let alone in everyday life. but the Technicolor-Dreamcoat cover sure looks good on a bookshelf.
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