The Eastern Origins of Western Civilisation

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 3, 2004 - History - 376 pages
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This book challenges the ethnocentric bias of mainstream accounts of the 'Rise of the West'. John Hobson argues that these accounts assume that Europeans have pioneered their own development, and that the East has been a passive by-stander. In contrast Hobson describes the rise of what he calls the 'Oriental West'. He argues that Europe first assimilated many Eastern inventions, and then appropriated Eastern resources through imperialism. Hobson's book thus propels the hitherto marginalised Eastern peoples to the forefront of the story of progressive world history.

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User Review  - Sara-Maria Sorentino - Goodreads

When reading books purporting to "debunk myths" (guided by a politics I emphatically support), I often feel as if all that is accomplished is the accumulation of more facts to fill in small holes in a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Trashy Pit - Goodreads

Some interesting info, but unfortunately kind of superficial and "pop-culture" analysis and explanation. He's right about a lot of stuff, but needs more rigorous explanations and WAY MORE EVIDENCE! Kinda fluffy. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

John M. Hobson is a Senior Lecturer in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. He is the author of The State and International Relations (2000), The Wealth of States: A Comparative Sociology of International Economic and Political Change (1997), and co-author (with Linda Weiss) of States and Economic Development: A Comparative Historical Analysis (1995).

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