Renaissances: The One or the Many? / Edition 1

Renaissances: The One or the Many? / Edition 1

by Jack Goody
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521745160

ISBN-13: 9780521745161

Pub. Date: 01/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

One of the most distinguished social scientists in the world addresses one of the central historical questions of the past millennium: does the European Renaissance deserve its unique status at the very heart of our notions of modernity? Jack Goody scrutinizes the European model in relation to parallel renaissances that have taken place in other cultural areas,

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One of the most distinguished social scientists in the world addresses one of the central historical questions of the past millennium: does the European Renaissance deserve its unique status at the very heart of our notions of modernity? Jack Goody scrutinizes the European model in relation to parallel renaissances that have taken place in other cultural areas, primarily Islam and China, and emphasizes what Europe owed to non-European influences. Renaissances continues that strand of historical analysis critical of Eurocentrism that Goody has developed in recent works like The East in the West (1996) or The Theft of History (2007). This book is wide-ranging, powerful, deftly argued and draws upon the author's long experience of working in Africa and elsewhere. Not since Toynbee in The Study of History has anybody attempted quite what Jack Goody is undertaking in Renaissances, and the result is as accessible as it is ambitious. This book will be of interest to students of the Renaissance and of the history of western civilization more generally, to anthropologists, sociologists and all those with an interest in the construction of modernity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521745161
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates viii

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

1 The idea of a renaissance 7

2 Montpellier and medicine in Europe 43

3 Religion and the secular 62

4 Rebirth in Islam S. Fennell 94

5 Emancipation and efflorescence in Judaism 145

6 Cultural continuity in India S. Fennell 161

7 Renaissance in China S. Fennell 198

8 Were renascences only European? 241

Appendices

1 Chronologies of Islam, India and China 275

Dynasties of Islam 276

Events in Islamic history, 622-1334 278

Periods of Indian history 279

Chinese dynasties 282

2 Four learned men 284

3 The Bagre 286

References 288

Index 304

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