Europe and the People Without History / Edition 2

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520268180
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 536
  • Sales rank: 608,439
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric R. Wolf (1923–1999) was Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, Herbert H. Lehman College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York.

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Table of Contents

Preface (1997)
Preface (1982)
Pt. 1 Connections 1
1 Introduction 3
2 The World in 1400 24
3 Modes of Production 73
4 Europe, Prelude to Expansion 101
Pt. 2 In Search of Wealth 127
5 Iberians in America 131
6 The Fur Trade 158
7 The Slave Trade 195
8 Trade and Conquest in the Orient 232
Pt. 3 Capitalism 263
9 Industrial Revolution 267
10 Crisis and Differentiation in Capitalism 296
11 The Movement of Commodities 310
12 The New Laborers 354
Afterword 385
Bibliographic Notes 393
Bibliography 427
Index 473
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