The Theft of History

Cambridge University Press, 11 jan. 2007
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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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The Theft of History is a synoptic work that attempts to deconstruct and analyze the systematic abuse of historical memory in order to justify European colonialism and Imperialism over the last four ... Volledige review lezen


Front Cover
1 Who stole what? Time and space
2 The invention of Antiquity
a transition to capitalism
4 Asiatic despots and societies in Turkey
5 Science and civilization in
Elias and
Braudel and
European claims to the emotions
11 Last words

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Populaire passages

Pagina 181 - The concept of culture is a value-concept. Empirical reality becomes "culture" to us because and insofar as we relate it to value ideas. It includes those segments and only those segments of reality which have become significant to us because of this value-relevance.
Pagina 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.
Pagina 270 - un secteur du cceur, un des aspects eternels de rhomme';1 (ii) that the feeling of amour courtois is not confined to courtly or chivalric society, but is reflected even in the earliest recorded popular verse of Europe (which almost certainly had a long oral tradition behind it); (iii) that researches into European courtly poetry should therefore be concerned with the variety of sophisticated and learned development of courtois themes, not with seeking specific origins for the themes themselves.
Pagina 68 - One group of scholars uses the word to describe the technical arrangements by which vassals become dependents of lords, and landed property (with attached economic benefits) became organized as dependent tenures of fiefs. The other group of scholars uses feudalism as a general word which sums up the dominant forms of political and social organization during certain centuries of the Middle Ages' (1956: 15)One can discern two trends in the narrower technological use of the term feudal.
Pagina 270 - I would propose instead: (i) that 'the new feeling' of amour courtois is at least as old as Egypt of the second millennium BC, and might indeed occur at any time or place: that it is, as Professor Marrou suspected, 'un secteur du...
Pagina 181 - Culture" is a finite segment of the meaningless infinity of the world process, a segment on which human beings confer meaning and significance.
Pagina 163 - One gets an impression that civilization is something which was imposed on a resisting majority by a minority which understood how to obtain possession of the means to power and coercion.
Pagina 65 - For very many years past the people of Tyre have kept public records, compiled and very carefully preserved by the state, of the memorable events in their internal history and in their relations with foreign nations...
Pagina 56 - The pre-Greek world - the world of the Sumerians, Babylonians, Egyptians, and Assyrians; and I cannot refrain from adding the Mycenaeans - was, in a very profound sense, a world without free men, in the sense in which the west has come to understand that concept. It was equally a world in which chattel slavery played no role of any consequence.

Over de auteur (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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