Eight Eurocentric Historians
This volume examines and critiques the work of a diverse group of Eurocentric historians who have strongly shaped our understanding of world history. Building upon the foundations laid in his previous book, The Colonizer's Model of the World, which provided a systematic overview of the nature and evolution of Eurocentrism, Blaut focuses in depth on Max Weber, Lynn White, Jr., Robert Brenner, Eric L. Jones, Michael Mann, John A. Hall, Jared Diamond, and David Landes. The role of each of these thinkers in generating colonialist understandings of history is described, and the fallacious assumptions at the roots of their arguments are revealed. Working toward an alternative understanding of the origins of modernity, this clearly written book provides invaluable insights and tools for students and scholars of history, geography, sociology, anthropology, and postcolonialism.
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This book is incredibly informing and damaging to the mainstream Eurocentric propaganda machine emana inhabiting the mainstream media and academia. Really great and informative read.
European historians and their colleagues across Atlantic have spun countless tales explaining the undelying reasons for the superiority of the European nations during the last 100 years. To them, the rise of the West was due to their superior intelligence, noble character, pure race, scientific talents, natural creativity, imagination, work ethics, courage, as well as good governance, democracy, and other social and political virtues. As expected, these Eurocentric accounts portray the East as the diametric opposite, lacking all of these virtues.These ideas have strongly shaped our understanding of world history.
The book Eight Eurocentric Historians by James Blaut debunks more than 30 such self-congratulatory explanations of the rise of Europe and puts the rise of the West in its proper historical perespective.Based on the pioneering work he has done in his previous book, The Colonizer's Model of the World, which systematically reviewed the nature and evolution of Eurocentrism, Blaut focuses in depth in his this book on the eight such Eurocentric historians. THese arew namely Max Weber, Lynn White, Jr., Robert Brenner, Eric L. Jones, Michael Mann, John A. Hall, Jared Diamond, and David Landes.
Debunking the fallacious assumptions on which these eight writers have analysed the history to deduct their findings regarding the inherent superiority of the West, Blaut provides an alternative understanding of history and the origins of modernity.