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Sir Wilfred Thesiger, a true conservative

Sir Wilfred Thesiger, who died on Sunday, needs no memorial beyond his own books and photographs. These will live for as long as mankind is interested in the traditional societies of which he left such a brilliant record. Nobody can ever again write that kind of book or take in such abundance that kind of photograph, for those societies no longer exist in the form in which Thesiger knew them.

But it is worth asking why it should have been Thesiger, rather than anyone else, who acquired the knowledge needed to write about...

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