The Eurasian Miracle

The Eurasian Miracle

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In this short book Jack Goody systematically dismantles this Eurocentric view of the world. He argues that we need to look for a Eurasian miracle that went back to the Urban Revolution of the Bronze Age, that affected the Near East, India and China well before Europe and that was much advanced by the adoption of writing.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 17.78mm | 358g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745647936
  • 9780745647937
  • 2,353,152

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The idea of long-term European dominance is characteristic of mostevolutionary theories of human culture and society in thenineteenth century. It was commonly believed that there was anatural progression from Antiquity through Feudalism to Capitalismwhich could not have taken place elsewhere. Today there are manywho still believe that this progression was part of a Europeanmiracle that underlay the rise to global supremacy of the West.



In this short book Jack Goody systematically dismantles thisEurocentric view of the world. He argues that we need to look, notfor a European miracle, but rather for a Eurasian miracle that wentback to the Urban Revolution of the Bronze Age, that affected theNear East, India and China well before Europe and that was muchadvanced by the adoption of writing. Under these conditions we finda long-term exchange of information between East and West, and thedominance of one followed by the dominance of the other - in otherwords, alternation rather than dominance. There were measuresduring the Renaissance in Europe that made for continuous growth, especially the secularization of learning, but it appears that theperiod of Western supremacy is now coming to an end and that we areabout to experience a further alternation in favour of theEast.
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Table of contents

1 Alternation or supremacy? 1 2 Why European and not Eurasian? 4 3 Domestic aspects of the 'miracle' 20 4 Eurasia and the Bronze Age 41 5 Merchants and their role in alternation 57 6 Merchant wealth and puritanical asceticism 66 7 Towards a knowledge society 79 8 The temporary advantage in alternation of the post-Renaissance west 94 9 Alternation in Eurasia 106 Appendix 1 Arguments of the Europeanists 115 Appendix 2 Water in east and west 127 Notes 131 References 139 Index 151
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Review quote

"In this brief but rich essay, continuing and amplifying the argument he has presented in The Theft of History and elsewhere, Jack Goody drives one more nail into the coffin of Western ethnocentrism." Peter Burke, University of Cambridge "The author is a venerable national treasure. In this essay, he demonstrates undiminished powers - revisiting the folly of Eurocentrism, which has been the major theme of his work, and proposing a new way of understanding it." Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, University of Notre Dame
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About Jack Goody

Jack Goody is Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John's College.
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