Item description for The Oldest Europeans: Who Are We? Where Do We Come From? What Made European Women Different? by J. F. del Giorgio...
With twenty chapters, compelling illustrations, and a comprehensive Further Readings section, this twice awarded book gives us a searching and original look of our past ... European travelers all around the world are familiar with the cultural shocks they suffer and produce. They also know what is usually the main difference with other cultures. It is the independent, self-assertive European woman that distinguishes the European culture from most others in the globe. Actually, it is not now that these women are more independent. They have not gained independence during the last millennia, but have almost completely lost it. European women were not merely independent in the past. They seem to have enjoyed a remarkable high status. They were practically in command. Some ten thousand years ago many tribes started to invade Europe from the East. They were the Aryans or Indo-Europeans. They brought with them their farming know-how and their languages originating most of the tongues today spoken in the continent French, German, English, Italian, Greek, Portuguese, Rumanian, Latvian, Lithuanian, and the Scandinavian and the Slavic tongues. The Aryans met a vast array of tribes in Europe the Oldest Europeans. They had been there for many, many thousand years and exhibited a notable cultural diversity. These Oldest Europeans had a most important and distinctive trait. It sharply separated them from the invading Indo-Europeans. It was what distinguished them the only one common cultural mark among all the Oldest Europeans their women. This book describes some of those Oldest European cultures. Also the cultural crash produced when they met the invading Indo-Europeans. All that has forged the European soul. It has deeply influenced the present world.
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Release Date May 24, 2006
Publisher A.J. Place
ISBN 9806898001 ISBN13 9789806898004
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Unprejudiced historical insight Jul 26, 2007
What I mean by the title I have given this review is that much of history described now-days is in terms of the history of peoples thoughts. There is a dogma in a lot of historical presentation that all people are the same and that the history of thought is all that matters. In short, most of modern history is from an existentialist point of view. Mr del Giorgio has written this history unprejudiced by this dogma.
The premise of J. F. del Giorgio is that different peoples do have different preponderances of traits that give rise to different cultures. In other words, who people are, does matter, different types of people make different sorts of choices, and the culture and history emerges from people. This results in a very different view of history from those that presume that history is simply a result of different choices that people make.
As a result, I believe that Mr del Giorgio's work is likely an accurate view history. As well he is a very good writer and the book is a pleasure to read.
For those that may dismiss Mr del Giorgio's work, I would like to point out that the only true existentialists are psychopaths!
Fascination + erudition Nov 12, 2006
Exciting the book of Jofe Del Giorgio (although I am afraid that it will give wings to the pretensions of independence of the Spanish Basques, with which I do not sympathize of any form). In particular, he quotes as example of erudition Sabino Arana, obviating his numerous offenses on the most elementary political and intellectual decency. But good, I suppose that that does not exclude the possibility of his anthropological erudition. Neither Celine or Heidegger have impeccable curricula.
Jofe starts by gaining himself the sympathies of all the readers of "Asterix" insinuating the possibility that that fistful of " unyielding Gauls " was, actually, a group of Basques (in fact, all the Celtic groups - between them, the Gauls - would be related with them). And not only that: such it seems that the Iliad, the Odyssey and the Aeneid are based on the exploits of the same ethnic, most ancient group of Europe (between 5.000 and 40.000 years). Neither it is doubt that D'Artagnan was a Basque (gascón). And Cyrano de Bergerac, of course.
But I hurry to make a point. Although I am radically an anti-male chauvinist, I assume the values of the feminism as been opposed against the boor, coarse and inconsiderate imposition of the masculine values. And I must point out that it would never assume the "Dark Reverse" of the machismo. That is to say, an equally unjust imposition of the values, rights and privileges of the woman. And of the work of Jofe it seems to be inferred that the situation was this in the world "euzco", pre-Aryan.
Neither I would like to live in a world as that one. We might even venture a dialectical interpretation, according to which the current machismo would be the "antithesis" of a previous feminist dictatorship. And this would allow us to dream of one -I hope, pretty close- synthesis of balance. I point out also that the network of speculations Del Giorgio is very well woven. None of them seems to be planned lightly, they all sound coherent and consistent (amen of fascinating).
I'm looking forward for the next Del Giorgio's book.
When God was a Woman Jul 13, 2006
This is a splendid piece of research combining all kind of sources to offer a plausible explanation to questions that remained unsolved, until now. A book full of answers for those who wonder how was the world like when God was a woman, and men adored Her. Time, History, Literature, Linguistics, archeological sites and DNA findings serve the author to take the reader, in a humorous and daring manner, through unsuspected paths enlightening the odd nexus between such unlike characters such as James Bond, Vikings and today's Basques. A finely polished amalgam of theories and research! Francesca Cordido, journalist
Excellent source of information Jun 28, 2006
This book deals with history and miths in a serious and at the same time, entertaining way. I enjoyed it very much. It makes you want to know more about the theme, and thankfully it has a very ample further readings section. I hope to read more books from this author.
Interesting history of women and European culture May 28, 2006
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (5/06)
Author J. F. del Giorgio has written a fascinating book that addresses the origins of the European culture. In great depth, he discusses how women had strong roles early on. Women inherited, men took on their mother's names and kings were chosen by whom the daughter of the king married, not the son.
The Basques were a female structured society. Del Giorgio discusses the genetic and cultural ties between Basques, Irish, Scots, Welsh, Celts, Scandinavians, Etruscans, and Pelasgians. Gene mapping shows how the Basques have spread out into other cultures.
An understanding of word and name origins shows how ancient cultures influenced and infiltrated others. As the Indo-European culture invaded Europe, women actually began losing their status. During the time that women had great power in the European culture, in other parts of the world they had diminished status and in many cases still do today.
A shocking example of this is demonstrated in India today. In some areas, when a man dies his widow is burned to death because she is seen as having no value without him.
The book also covers an interesting discussion about how pagans and how some of their cultural traditions were carried over into Christian ones. The pagan Candlemas became the Christian Christmas. Del Giorgio believes that in some cultures sacrifice and cannibalism still are practiced today. Hallucinogens continue to be used in ritual. Mushrooms are usually used. Today, there is a village in India where women are induced into hallucinogenic states by being bitten by cobras. Some die from this.
I found this book to be very interesting and informative. It is obvious that a great deal of research went into writing it. It is impossible to discuss everything that is covered in it because there is so much. After reading "The Oldest Europeans," it is good to keep as a reference book to refer back to.
I recommend this book to people that are interested in their European ancestry, women's issues or students of ancient history. You will find it fascinating.