Global History: A View from the South

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Fahamu/Pambazuka, Nov 25, 2010 - Business & Economics - 191 pages
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Responding to the need to take a fresh look at world history, hitherto dominated by Eurocentric ideologues and historians in their attempt to justify the nature and character of modern capitalism, Samir Amin looks in this book at the ancient world system and how it has influenced the development of the modern world. He also analyses the origin and nature of modern globalisation and the challenges it presents in achieving socialism.
Amin examines the role played by Central Asia in determining the course of world history as well as the different roads taken by Europe and China. The book looks closely at a theme that has been primordial to his contribution to political and economic thought: the question of unequal development.
This is a refreshing and creative work that is necessary reading for anyone wanting to understand the real process of history.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Central Asia and the Middle East in the tributary system
50
The challenge of globalisation
67
History conceived as an eternal cycle
120
two paths of historical development
159
geography or history?
176
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About the author (2010)

Samir Amin is an economist, the director of Forum du Tiers Monde (Third World Forum) in Dakar, Senegal, and the chair of the World Forum for Alternatives. He is one of the best-known thinkers of his generation, both in development theory and in the relativistic-cultural critique of the social sciences.

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