Letter from Maurice Bloch, London School of Economics

Dear Colleagues,

I have just heard about your decision to terminate the contract of Professor David Graeber. I hear this news with amazement and disbelief.

I know Professor Graeber from several meetings at conferences but in no way am I a close personal friend of his. I am, however, a great admirer of his work.

His contribution to the history and anthropology of Madagascar is of the very best and I say this, bearing in mind that he has been probably the severest critic of my own work.

His writings on anthropological theory are outstanding. I consider him the best anthropological theorist of his generation from anywhere in the world. I have never made such a strong claim for anybody in any reference I have written.

I know nothing about the circumstances which have led you to your decision but I cannot believe that a university such as yours cannot cope with erratic behaviour or that it can afford to lose so extraordinarily talented a colleague,

Yours Sincerely,

Maurice Bloch, B.A. (London) Ph.D. (Cantab) F.B.A.

Professor of Anthropology at the University of London. London School of Economics.

European Professor Elect at the College de France.

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