Inventing Western civilization

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Monthly Review Press, 1997 - Political Science - 156 pages
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"In this wonderful book, Thomas Patterson effectively dethrones the concept of 'civilization' as an abstract good, transcending human society." --Martin BernalDrawing on his extensive knowledge of early societies, Thomas C. Patterson shows how class, sexism, and racism have been integral to the appearance of "civilized" societies in Western Europe. He lays out clearly and simply how civilization, with its designs of "civilizing" and "being civilized," has been closely tied to the rise of capitalism in Western Europe and the development of social classes.

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
7
CIVILIZATION AND ITS BOOSTERS
27
CIVILIZATION AND ITS CRITICS
57
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About the author (1997)

Thomas Patterson is Professor of Anthropology at Temple University and author of numerous books, including The Inca Empire (Berg Publishers).

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