81 – In Search of Unity: A Tale of Selective Memory

Ok, we have a battle coming up but things are still changing rather rapidly and there's some interesting stuff to cover regarding that, such as language, religion, culture, warfare, and that question that's probably nagging you at the back of your head... if we have wealthy powerful kings in England, why don't we have anything resembling a Roman empire... or at least a mini Roman empire?

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  3 Replies to “81 – In Search of Unity: A Tale of Selective Memory”

  1. Mary Allan
    March 31, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Hi Jamie,

    I was really interested in what you had to say about oral cultures. I am currently living and working in Central Asia in Tajikistan where there is an oral culture. I am also doing some research and would like to quote from what you said about how oral cultures change. Do you have any academic references for these statements which I could cite? I would really appreciate it if you could share some sources, as it seems to fit pretty much what my experience here has been. Anyway love the podcasts, so interesting.

    All the best

    • April 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      The origin of that came from Guy Halsall, but you can find it in quite a few books and articles. Just search for “Ethnogenesis” and you’ll find a ton of stuff. :)

      • Bruce
        August 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm

        I am very appreciative of your presentation of this. The black and white of written history is held together by the grey glue of each individual that makes up the village, which then makes up just an area of something greater. All of our lives are based in dramatic change, but are psyche wishes for familiarity and so, we believe that nothing much happens in order to stay out of the deep end of the pool.

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