03 April 2007
Croziervision Podcast #3: Brian Micklethwait on Emmanuel Todd

Emmanuel Todd is a French historian and anthropologist.  His main achievement seems to have been in making a number of startlingly accurate predictions.  These include predicting the fall of the Soviet Union, the survival of Cuban communism, Nicaragua not going communist and the East Asian economic miracle.

Brian has referred to Todd many times over the years but it was only recently that he dedicated a number of blog postings to Todd’s works. 

At the time it seemed a good subject for a podcast but by the end we both agreed that we’d bitten off more than we could chew.  The implications of Todd’s theories about ideology and literacy are as far-reaching as they are controversial and neither of us felt at the time we had come anywhere near to doing them justice. 

As it happens, listening to it the whole way through, I was forced to revise that opinion.  I thought it was actually quite good.

You can download it here.

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  1. Thanks for making the conversation available.  I found it as I searched for more information on Todd, as I meander through the “overly simplistic” “After the Empire.”  The search began with an attempt to understand how the British appear to have dealt, relatively successfully, with the reality of the end of their empire.  We, Americans, have trouble acknowledging our economic domination as imperial, and, as the unilateral (nearly) adventure in “extending democracy” in the Middle East collapses, the larger message that Todd is sending, remains to be digested.

    Posted by Laurence Lewin on 30 April 2007 at 09:54pm

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