The Theft of History (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 11, 2007 - History
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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.
  

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User Review  - Zachary Moore - Goodreads

Goody's book provides a solid corrective to some of the more egregious aspects of eurocentric history, largely by focusing on a historiography of different "unique" aspects of European history for ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mike Orszag - Goodreads

It is difficult to evaluate this book. The narrative is broad, covering history in all regions of the world and on topics ranging from love to politics. The overall thesis, though, that Western ... Read full review

Contents

Front Cover
12
1 Who stole what? Time and space
13
2 The invention of Antiquity
26
a transition to capitalism
68
4 Asiatic despots and societies in Turkey
99
5 Science and civilization in
125
Elias and
154
Braudel and
180
towns
215
humanism
240
European claims to the emotions
267
11 Last words
286

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Page 18 - They have, however, never been able to bring themselves to print books and set up public clocks. They hold that their scriptures, that is, their sacred books, would no longer be scriptures if they were printed ; and if they established public clocks, they think that the authority of their muezzins and their ancient rites would suffer diminution. In other matters they pay great respect to the time-honoured customs of foreign nations, even to the detriment of their own religious scruples.

About the author (2007)

Jack Goody is Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John's College. Recently knighted by Her Majesty The Queen for services to anthropology, Professor Goody has researched and taught all over the world, is a Fellow of the British Academy and in 1980 was made a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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