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My primary interest is to explain something out there that impingesme and I would sell my soul to the devil if I thought it would helpEric Wolfs interest into the realm of anthropology emerged upon recognition of the theorist- imposed boundaries encompassing both theories and subjects which current and past anthropological scholars had constructed These boundaries Wolf believed were a result of theorist tending to societies and cultures as fixed entitiesstatic bounded and autonomous rather then describing and interpreting societies within a state of constant change ceaselessly vulnerable to external influence and always interconnected with other societies Yet to transcend current anthropological theories and boundaries and to explain this interconnectedness in attempt to understand the world Wolf believed three criteria must be met 1 To trace the world market and the course of capitalist development 2 To develop this theory of this growth and development and finally one must be able to relate both the history and theory of that unfolding development to processes that affect and change the lives of local populations Wolf 198221By tracing the formation of Wolfs theory through these criteria from Marxist and beyond one can see how although Marxist in orientation he goes beyond current anthropological theory and attempts to diminish the boundaries by suggesting that a political economic theory laden with history in a macrocosomic context is the only means in which one can begin to attempt to understand the worldThe influence of Lewis Henry Morgon and his unilinear version of social evolution posed as the backbone for Karl Marx and Fred Engels Yet rather then transcending from the primitive to the civilized upon the classification of cultures into seven distinct ethical periods based on the development of subsistence techniques Kuper 66 Marx and Engels based their course of creation from primitive communism through to feudalism and capitalism judged in terms of the Modes of Production which dominated each stage It was these Modes of Production referring to the
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