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November 09, 2009


A entertaining blend of anecdotal (a la Herodot), chronicle with emphasis on the historical personages (a la Thukydides) spiced with contextually relevant quotations _ your narrative makes a great reading. No doubt interpretative however without the usual post-renaissance western ethnographic bias, your narrative does more justice to that very unbiased critical humanistic rationalism that western thought during and after renaissance actually paid homage to. Although certainly evident in some specific works of some great historians this relatively unbiased epistemology however rarely found its way into the mainstream.

Moreover your narrative seems also relatively free from the extant occasionally virulent and even venomous anti-western ethnographic bias, understandably coursing predominantly through many an Asian and African post-colonial scholarship of the last decades. A very creative and certainly much needed endeavour. Looking forward for the next issues...

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