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Literacy in Traditional Societies Paperback – December 19, 1975
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'... this book is one of that important group of works to have appeared on the borders of history and anthropology; it shows in a stimulating and controversial way how much anthropology and history can contribute to each other in practice and in theory, and how they can combine in the search for methods suitable for the writing of world history.' The Oxford Magazine