The Theft of History

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 29, 2012 - History
In The Theft of History 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 and the consequent 'theft' by the West of the achievements of other cultures in the invention of (notably) democracy, capitalism, individualism and love. Goody, one of the world's most distinguished anthropologists, raises questions about theorists, historians and methodology and proposes a new comparative approach to cross-cultural analysis which allows for more scope in examining history than an East versus West style.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements page
1
Who stole what? Time and space
13
The invention of Antiquity
26
a transition to capitalism or the collapse
68
Asiatic despots in Turkey or elsewhere?
99
Science and civilization in Renaissance Europe
125
Elias and Absolutist Europe
154
Braudel and global comparison
180
The theft ofinstitutions towns and universities
215
humanism democracy
240
References
307
Index
324
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