Sunday, 5 August 2012

Man and the Natural World

Regarding British historian Keith Thomas:

A very suggestive analysis of the clash between religion and its diverse class changes. It reminds me that at the same time that the British over-classes were humanizing themselves, they dragged Africans to Barbados to make sugar accessible in Europe: domestic luxuries vs. brutal enslavement.

At the same time in twentieth century America that saw the Museum era flourish, the working classes were diverted by mass entertainment that numbed them to their enslavement.

We flinch today at the pathos of "ex-colonial" African nations being newly exploited by external investors uninfluenced positively by theological traditions, except for secular faiths like "Doctors without Frontieres" and Human Rights Watch. A very suggestive volume.

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