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Appeared in: Volume 4, Number 4
Published on: March 1, 2009
The Comanches and Us

Historians traffic in characters and plots. They appreciate the extent to which timing, location and personality matter. Anthropologists, on the other hand, eschew the importance of contingency, inadvertence and timing, treating humans like predictable atoms, not willful Adams.

Anna Simons is a professor of defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School and an anthropologist.
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