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The Theft of History

The Theft of History

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  • In The Theft of History 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, and the consequent 'theft' by the West of the achievements of other cultures in the invention of (notably) democracy, capitalism, individualism and love. Goody, one of the world's most distinguished anthropologists, raises questions about theorists, historians and methodology, and proposes a new comparative approach to cross-cultural analysis which allows for more scope in examining history than an East versus West style.

    • A major new statement from one of the world's leading social scientists
    • Engages with some of the great thinkers of our time
    • Highly accessible essay from a distinguished and provocative author
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    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
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  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I:
    1. Who stole what? Time and space
    2. Antiquity: no markets, but did they invent politics, freedom and the alphabet?
    3. Feudalism: transition to capitalism or the collapse of Europe and the domination of Asia
    4. Asiatic despots, in Turkey and elsewhere?
    Part II:
    5. Science and civilization in Renaissance Europe
    6. The theft of 'civilization': Elias and Absolutist Europe
    7. The theft of 'capitalism': Braudel and global comparison
    Part III:
    8. The theft of institutions, towns and universities
    9. The appropriation of values: humanism, democracy and individualism
    10. Stolen love: European claims to the emotions
    11. Last words
    Bibliography.

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    Jack Goody, University of Cambridge

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