The Indo-Europeans: In Search of the Homeland

The Indo-Europeans: In Search of the Homeland

by Alain de Benoist


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The Indo-Europeans: In Search of the Homeland by Alain de Benoist

Research has long since established that the civilisations of Europe, Persia, and India are linked, linguistically and culturally, dating back to some point in prehistory that has been lost to human memory. Many scholars have postulated that there was a primordial Indo-European civilisation from which all of these others later emerged. But who were the Indo-Europeans? From where did they originate? How did they live, and what did they believe? And how and why did they disperse into so many widely varied cultures? Alain de Benoist here gives a brief overview of the history of Indo-European studies, showing how it has evolved from its origins in the nineteenth century up to the present, and summarises the various interpretations and schools of thought that have emerged from the surviving evidence. He also offers his own critique of some of these theories. The Indo-Europeans: In Search of the Homeland is an invaluable introduction to a vast field of inquiry, and offers valuable clues and insights into the origins of our civilisation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910524862
Publisher: Arktos Media Ltd
Publication date: 08/12/2016
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Alain de Benoist is the leading thinker of the European 'New Right' movement, a school of political philosophy founded in France in 1968 with the establishment of GRECE (Research and Study Group for European Civilisation), a metapolitical school of thought. To this day he remains its primary representative, even while rejecting the label 'New Right' for himself, perceiving himself as falling outside the usual Left/Right dichotomy. An ethnopluralist defender of cultural uniqueness and integrity, he has argued for the right of Europeans to retain their identity in the face of multiculturalism, and he has opposed immigration, while still preferring the preservation of native cultures over the forced assimilation of immigrant groups. Unfounded accusations of radicalism have haunted Benoist throughout his career, but have done nothing to reduce his productivity and drive. He has authored dozens of books and essays on topics such as immigration, religion, philosophy and political theory. In 1978, he received the Grand Prix de l'Essai from the Académie Française for his book Vu de droite (View from the Right).
He is also the editor-in-chief of the journals Nouvelle Ecole and Krisis, and his works have been published in a variety of journals such as Mankind Quarterly, Telos, The Scorpion, The Occidental Quarterly, and Tyr. Over the past forty years he has had a tremendous impact on the philosophical and ideological understanding of the European political situation. Arktos has previously published his books The Problem of Democracy (2011), Beyond Human Rights (2011), Carl Schmitt Today (2013), and On the Brink of the Abyss (2015). He continues to write and give lectures and interviews. He lives in Paris.

Table of Contents

- A Note from the Editor
- Translator's Preface
- The Indo-Europeans: In Search of the Homeland
Proto-Indo-European: A Linguistic Fact
The Debate on the Place of Origin
Archaeology and Linguistcs
Linguistic Palaeontology
Words and Things
Archaic Structures
Evolution of the Language and Glottochronology
The Contributions of Anthropology
The Thesis of Colin Renfrew
The Kurgan Culture
A Secondary Homeland?
From Funnel Beakers to Corded Ware
Palaeolithic and Mesolithic
A Circumpolar Habitat
Provisional Conclusions
Four Final Remarks
1. Georges Dumézil and Indo-European Studies
2. Indo-European Languages and Pre-Indo-European Languages
3. The Origins of Writing
4. From PIE to 'Nostratic'
- Index

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