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The Sperg Box


It bears mentioning, that new is not always better. I’ve taken it upon myself to read Vilhelm Groenbech’s “The Culture of the Teutons” in the Original English (that’s a joke.) I am happy to confess that Herr Gronbech has thoroughly subverted my expectations. I shall note also the window in which the book was put forth, being 1931. For those who are aware, I have made this argument in writing before – but there was a brief and blessed window in which the Germanic peoples were ambling toward a nascent potential unity. It was disrupted, thoroughly and awfully, and I think you know when.

The point is: information of an anthropological sort tends to have a much different character, when published before the late thirties, than it does after the mid 40s. Again, one could build a cohesive worldview bridging the Atlantic with texts from the corners of the civilised…

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