Eric Wolf

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Eric Robert Wolf (February 1, 1923 – March 6, 1999) was an American anthropologist, best known for his studies of Latin America, and his advocacy of Marxist perspectives within anthropology. Wolf promoted the view that human societies evolve not only as static entities bounded within a fixed physical and social environment, but should be understood in the wider context of their history and interactions with other human societies.


  • Peasants, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall Inc., 1966.
  • Anthropology, W. W. Norton & Company, 1974.
  • Europe and the People Without History, London: University of California Press, 1982, 1997, 2010 [1].
  • Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century, University of Oklahoma Press, 1999.
  • with Sydel Silverman, Pathways of Power: Building an Anthropology of the Modern World, London: University of California Press, 2001.