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The Eastern origins of Western civilization

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John Hobson challenges the ethnocentric bias of mainstream accounts of the Rise of the West. He describes the rise of the 'Oriental West', arguing that Europe assimilated Eastern inventions and appropriated Eastern resources through imperialism. Hobson's book places Eastern peoples at the forefront of the story of world history and argues that there were two processes that enabled the Rise of the 'Oriental West'.
First, each major developmental turning point in Europe was informed in large part by the assimilation of Eastern inventions (e.g. ideas, technologies and institutions) which diffused from the more advanced East across the Eastern-led global economy between 500-1800. Second, the construction of European identity after 1453 led to imperialism, through which Europeans appropriated many Eastern resources (land, labour and markets). Hobson's book thus propels the hitherto marginalised Eastern peoples to the forefront of the story of progress in world history.

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Author(s):
Hobson, John M
Condition:
Fine
Edition:
First edition
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521838355
ISBN-13:
9780521838351
Number of pages:
376
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press, 2004
Title:
The Eastern origins of Western civilization

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John Hobson challenges the ethnocentric bias of mainstream accounts of the Rise of the West. He describes the rise of the 'Oriental West', arguing that Europe assimilated Eastern inventions and appropriated Eastern resources through imperialism. Hobson's book places Eastern peoples at the forefront of the story of world history and argues that there were two processes that enabled the Rise of the 'Oriental West'.
First, each major developmental turning point in Europe was informed in large part by the assimilation of Eastern inventions (e.g. ideas, technologies and institutions) which diffused from the more advanced East across the Eastern-led global economy between 500-1800. Second, the construction of European identity after 1453 led to imperialism, through which Europeans appropriated many Eastern resources (land, labour and markets). Hobson's book thus propels the hitherto marginalised Eastern peoples to the forefront of the story of progress in world history.

Author(s):
Hobson, John M
Condition:
Fine
Edition:
First edition
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521838355
ISBN-13:
9780521838351
Number of pages:
376
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press, 2004
Title:
The Eastern origins of Western civilization

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