978-0-520-04898-0 / 9780520048980

Europe and the People Without History: With a New Preface


Publisher:University of California Press



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CONTENTS: Preface; PART ONE CONNECTIONS 1 Introduction 2 The World in 1400 3 Modes of Production 4 Europe, Prelude to Expansion; PART TWO IN SEARCH OF WEALTH 5 Iberians in America 6 The Fur Trade 7 The Slave Trade 8 Trade and Conquest in the Orient; PART THREE CAPITALISM 9 Industrial Revolution 10 Crisis and Differentiation in Capitalism 11 The Movement of Commodities 12 The New Laborers; Afterword; Bibliographic Notes; Bibliography; Index. SYNOPSIS: In 1968 Eric Wolf wrote that anthropology needed to discover history. In this book he applies history to world anthropology. But Wolf's history is not Western history, divided into separate "nations" and chronicling the progress of the victorious elite. Wolf sees history as a web of complex, changing relationships, spun by Europe's rise to world domination. The true history of European expansion includes the "people without history," its victims and silent witnesses. Europe and the People Without History crosses the boundaries of sociology, political science, economics, and anthropology. With a view directed outward from the "native" societies of Africa, Asia, and the Americas back to the European core, the people who claim history as their own and the people without history - those to whom history has been denied - emerge as participants in a global history that excludes no one, as people of diverse origins and social makeups take part in the construction of a common world.

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