Anglo-Saxonism, the post-war struggle against Germanic Studies and the new genetic revelations
The language itself should have been a clear indicator as to what had happened. Old English is a clear break, not some fusion with Latin and Britannic elements that you’d expect to see from a gradual merger between cultures.
It's a sad indictment that fools like Francis Pryor will never get any comeuppance for their hubristic destruction of all pre-WW2 historiography. The complete and seemingly-total damage to Western academia following 1945 really does make you do a big think.
Thank you for writing this excellent summary of the historical, scientific, and ideological development of this field. It strikes me that scholarly opinion of the term Anglo-Saxon mirrors closely, and for similar reasons, its stance towards Aryan. It's also an excellent example of the way in which perspectives on the past say as much about contemporary interpreters as they do about the past itself.
It truly is an important work which should once and for all delegitimise boomer idealism and remove it from serious academic research.
As a swede, I look forward to the impact his should have on Scandinavian discourse where of course we are suffering from the elite imposed ethno denialism necessary to impose the migrant colonisation upon us. To aj extent where these past wekswe had to have a serious yet short debate on the very existence of a Swedish ethnos.
Where of course our well thinking academics and media personalities all agreed upon the conclusion that there is no such thing as a Swedish ethnic group. Us having been here for 5500 years doesn't really seem to matter much...
"Migration" of course, being a euphemism for "invasion."
Pax Anglo-Saxonica then. The whole thing is beyond the pale. It shouldn't be worth comment, but for the niggling truth that the overwhelming bulk of folks have been made over as dullards, weak-willed buffoons and spleenless cowards. We speak English, that speechway didn't grow up in a bleeding vacuum. The handful of coloured loanwords are forever a battering ram to open the doors to suicidal solidarity, but it remains that hardly any people on earth is subjected to that kind of retarded scrutiny.
ZOG can't do with national heritage. There was no Celt, no Saxon, no German. Only rainbows and dandies.
A migration with armed men, but no battles, suggests to me that "Anglo-Saxons" were filling a security vacuum left behind by the withdrawal of Rome. Rather than rapine and pillage, they were present as rent-a-cops.
Reading this excellent historiography, I wonder if any of the academics debating this topic today have examined the evidence within Frederick C. Lane's theory of "protection selling." Jan Glete has demonstrated its explanatory power for the expansion of Europeans overseas.
A similar hypothesis for the Anglo-Saxons would involve young men on the continent looking for fame and fortune, rich Britons hiring them for muscle, and a process of nonviolent cultural, biological, etc exchange that developed out of that security relationship.
Friend Enemy distinction those against Anglo-Saxonism or Anglecynism have identified themselves for anyone looking to see clearly. When all is said and done only punishments remain for those that obfuscated the Ænglishmans' past.
Has there been any isotopic research on Anglo-Saxon burials? (Forgive if this question is ignorant; I was a New World archaeologist).
Lightweight newcomer here (from an Ed West recommendation) just saying how delightful this piece was to read. I'll be recommending it, in due course, on my own newsletter, which is around the theme of ideology and how it contaminates our pursuit of truth.
I don't know about what things are like in the UK these days. But, in the US the political atmosphere in the universities is choking and toxic. Genetics has become a real problem for the woke/PC crowd. After all, if trans-women are women as the slogan goes, chromosomes, the raw material of genetics, are irrelevant, and, indeed, inimical to the movement. Any knowledge derived from the study of chromosomes is white supremacist, colonialist, and transphobic. It follows therefore that such knowledge must be suppressed and its purveyors must be persecuted and driven from the sacred groves. So, the lead linked article is interesting if true, but it must never be mentioned again.
the 'Norman Yoke' is fascinating in this context, as I have heard Norman Sicily to be the pinnacle of 'temperate kingship'.
The "strident ideology ... percolating into Britain from America" is NOT anti-racist. It's anti-White and virulently RACIST.
Great essay/article. Would love to see something covering the larger intellectual currents that suppressed broader Germanic studies and IE work post-WW2.
Hi Herbalist, when will GGC podcast be a regular thing? P.S. great article.
This is utterly fascinating
Can you give some references for post-2015 genetic studies that will help me find Oppenheimer’s ‘British’ book amusing? I read it over a decade ago and I’d love to know where scholarship is now