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By Irad Malkin

Greek mythology and cult frequently served either as expressions of collective, ancient identification and of attitudes to lands and territories. Functioning traditionally, myths supplied justifications and legitimations of conquest, displacement, and payment. targeting the Spartan Mediterranean--the international of Sparta and its colonies--this e-book examines the spectrum of the makes use of of fantasy. Extending past the Greek global, the e-book additionally increases the real query of the way peoples relate to and justify their nationwide and territorial identities.

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Tocqueville is even careful enough to note that children can be of different races than their parents. He explains that the Turks did not trust their own children by the local women. ‘Preferring their race to their family, they had no desire whatsoever to recruit among their sons. 77 The second of Tocqueville’s 1837 letters on Algeria, written a month after the one that we have been following, is concerned with how to rule the Algerians; it is to that end that he has gathered the information that we have been reviewing.

If we count each breeding zone, with its slightly different statistical frequencies in a few genes, all shading and blending into one another, there are on the order of 10,000 to 100,000 groups, none of much more than 500,000 individuals. 104 We are simply not divided into three or four large colour-races. It may be traditional to sort medical research data by those large ‘races’—especially in the United States105 —but the better practice is to sort the data by the very different and far more numerous genetic groups that do have a biological grounding.

28 But the defi nition is never fi nal. We do not live in a world of fi nal defi nitions or fi nished schemes of races, countries, or other such abstractions: ‘and as to the forms of things which are called constitutions, laws, dynasties, classes, I can say that for me not only that they have no value but no existence independently of the effect they produce’. 29 This nominalist scepticism about the real existence of the abstractions that we talk about makes settling out a scheme of particular fi xed ‘races’ both impossible and undesirable.

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