Eight Eurocentric Historians

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Guilford Press, 2000 - History - 228 pages
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This volume examines and critiques the work of a diverse group of Eurocentric historians who have strongly shaped our understanding of world history. Building upon the foundations laid in his previous book, The Colonizer's Model of the World, which provided a systematic overview of the nature and evolution of Eurocentrism, Blaut focuses in depth on Max Weber, Lynn White, Jr., Robert Brenner, Eric L. Jones, Michael Mann, John A. Hall, Jared Diamond, and David Landes. The role of each of these thinkers in generating colonialist understandings of history is described, and the fallacious assumptions at the roots of their arguments are revealed. Working toward an alternative understanding of the origins of modernity, this clearly written book provides invaluable insights and tools for students and scholars of history, geography, sociology, anthropology, and postcolonialism.
  

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Contents

Western Rationality
19
Inventive Europeans
31
The Tunnel of Time
45
The European Miracle
73
The March of History
113
Democratic Europeans
128
EuroEnvironmentalism
149
The Empire Strikes Back
173
Thirty Reasons Why Europeans Are Better
200
The Model
205
INDEX
219
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J. M. Blaut is Professor of Geography at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Eight Eurocentric Historians is the second volume in a projected trilogy bearing the title "The Colonizer's Model of the World." Professor Blaut's previous publications include Volume 1 of the trilogy, The Colonizer's Model of the World: Geographical Diffusionism and Eurocentric History.

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