Europe And The Third World

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This stimulating analysis of Europe's role in world history focuses on Western economic expansion into the regions loosely known as the "Third World." Bernard Waites begins with the very origins of the term "Third World" and the attempts to theorize global inequality in modern history on the part of the "dependency" writers and those writing from a "world systems" perspective. Subsequent chapters analyze the intercontinental connections forged by Europeans with Latin America, Asia, Africa and South Asia, challenging many common assumptions about the Third World's history and providing an essential context to contemporary debates about post-colonialism.

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"...well-written, and easy to absorb." --Canadian Journal of History

Focusing on European economic expansion, Waites (European humanities, The Open U.) examines Europe's role in disseminating the ideas of Western market capitalism throughout much of the world. He discusses the recent dependency and world systems theories of global inequality; the connections formed between Europe and Latin America, Africa, and Asia; the impact of colonialism on indigenous societies, specifically in South Asia and Africa; and the results of decolonization and of the new relationships being formed between Europe and the poor nations it once ruled. Paper edition (unseen), $21.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312222086
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Waites is Lecturer in European Humanities at the Open University.

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Table of Contents

• Europe and the Americas
• Europe and Asia, c.1500 to c.1880
• Europe and Africa from the Slave Trade to the Colonial Conquest
• European Colonialism and Indigenous Society in Asia
• The Economic and Social Consequences of Modern Colonialism in Africa
• The Balance Sheet of Modern Colonialism
• The Political Economy of Decolonization
• Europe and the "Third World" in Retrospect

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