Clive wrote:Been reading about Humboldt. There are some new translations out and they comment that two competing translations - by women interestingly - were produced in the 1840's.
Some very quick research shows he is basically ignored in uk, although he is key to understanding Darwin.
Looking at some pop histories, they tend to emphasise the British view of history.
So, is there a huge problem caused by trying to understand foreign and ancient texts from a British perspective that actually makes it just about impossible?
We bring so many assumptions we cannot get back there, others are probably far more qualified than English speakers are.
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