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Author Goody, Jack, author

Title The theft of history / Jack Goody
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (x, 342 pages) : illustrations
Series ACLS Humanities E-Book (Series)
Contents Who stole what? : time and space -- The invention of antiquity -- Feudalism : a transition to capitalism or the collapse of Europe and the domination of Asia? -- Asiatic despots, in Turkey and elsewhere? -- Science and civilization in Renaissance Europe -- The theft of 'civilization' : Elias and Absolutist Europe -- The theft of 'capitalism' : Braudel and global comparison -- The theft of institutions, towns, and universities -- The appropriation of values : humanism, democracy and individualism -- Stolen love : European claims to the emotions -- Last words
Summary Professor Jack Goody builds on his own previous work to extend further his highly influential critique of what he sees as the pervasive eurocentric or occidentalist biases of so much western historical writing. Goody also examines the consequent 'theft' by the West of the achievements of other cultures in the invention of (notably) democracy, capitalism, individualism, and love. The Theft of History discusses a number of theorists in detail, including Marx, Weber and Norbert Elias, and engages with critical admiration western historians like Fernand Braudel, Moses Finlay and Perry Anderson. Major questions of method are raised, and Goody proposes a new comparative methodology for cross-cultural analysis, one that gives a much more sophisticated basis for assessing divergent historical outcomes, and replaces outmoded simple differences between East and West. The Theft of History will be read by an unusually wide audience of historians, anthropologists and social theorists. -- Publisher description from (Oct. 18, 2011)
Analysis Economic history
Social history
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-323) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Eurocentrism.
History -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2006036012
ISBN 0511260946 (electronic bk.)
0511261519 (electronic bk.)
0511819846 (electronic bk.)
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