Europe and the People Without History

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University of California Press, Aug 22, 2010 - Social Science - 503 pages
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Offering insight and equal consideration into the societies of the "civilized" and "uncivilized" world, Europe and the People Without History deftly explores the historical trajectory of so-called modern globalization. In this foundational text about the development of the global political economy, Eric R. Wolf challenges the long-held anthropological notion that non-European cultures and peoples were isolated and static entities before the advent of European colonialism and imperialism. Ironically referred to as "the People Without History" by Wolf, these societies before active colonization possessed perpetually changing, reactionary cultures and were indeed just as intertwined into the processes of the pre-Columbian global economic system as their European counterparts. Utilizing Marxian concepts and a vivid consideration for the importance of history, Wolf judiciously traces the effects and conditions in Europe and the rest of the "known" world, beginning in 1400 AD, that allowed capitalism to emerge as the dominant ideology of the modern era.

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one of the best books i have ever read. including fiction. changed my way of seeing the world. loved it. everybody should read it when they turn 18!

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This book was foundational in companion with Ariadne's Thread in my comprehension of world history and helped me make sense of why the world is as it is ecologically, economically, and culturally. A big read. Read full review


Part One Connections
Part Two In Search of Wealth
Part Three Capitalism
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Eric R. Wolf(1923?1999) had an illustrious and influential career as Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at H. Lehman College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York.

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