Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I've been struggling with what to write about Egypt. What to say about a country of so many contradictions? One minute, I'm sitting there in awe of the the Karnak Temple:comparing it to Carnac France:I mean, at the time when the Egyptians where building these incredible architectural structures, the neo-Bretons were sticking rocks in the ground.

But on the other hand, here we are several thousand years later, and there are still people living like this in Egypt:It just blows my mind - that there were so many ancient societies really - that were so advanced for their time, and nowadays many of those same societies are some of the poorest in the world. So what happened? How did they go from being the most advanced to the least?

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Blogger Nicole said...

You should read the book 'the wealth and poverty of nations' by David Landes. It was recommended reading when I was in uni but I bought the book and kept my copy because I found it so fascinating. He talks about exactly what you were just wondering about and pulls together so many interesting angles to support his argument.

March 30, 2010 at 6:58 PM  
Blogger Starman said...

I imagine there are a lot of "French" people to whom that would be a palace.

March 31, 2010 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger jonnifer said...

Hey, give the Bretons some credit, those are big rocks!

April 1, 2010 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Mouse said...

There is a belief that all civilisations rise and fall
I fear that our so-called Western civilisation has gone past the turning point. The future belongs to the east

On the side of the Bretons, I adore standing stones no matter how large or small and those that are located in the garden of a friend leave me green with envy

April 3, 2010 at 6:55 PM  

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