The Theft of History by Jack Goody

By Jack Goody

Within the robbery of heritage Jack Goody builds on his personal past paintings to increase additional his hugely influential critique of what he sees because the pervasive Eurocentric or occidentalist biases of rather a lot western ancient writing, and the resultant 'theft' via the West of the achievements of different cultures within the invention of (notably) democracy, capitalism, individualism and love. Goody, one of many world's such a lot distinct anthropologists, increases questions on theorists, historians and technique, and proposes a brand new comparative method of cross-cultural research which permits for extra scope in reading background than an East as opposed to West type.

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For a recent rethinking of the temple-palace civilization of Mesopotamian society, see Stein 1994: 13. Stein 1994: 13. 27 Archaic society ‘invented freely’. ’28 They borrowed much from the Near East but whatever they took they promptly absorbed and converted into something original . . They borrowed the Phoenician alphabet, but there were no Phoenician Homers. The idea of the free-standing statue may have come to them from Egypt . . but it was the Greeks, not the Egyptians, who then developed the idea .

However, even as far as technology was concerned, the Greeks were not the only builders of cities, even though their ruins were so impressive for later inhabitants of the region. And they benefited like the rest of the Near East from the making of cheap metal in the form of iron, which facilitated construction in many ways. The widespread smelting of iron, from about 1200 , made metal tools much cheaper and at the same time reduced the dependence of small producers on imports by the state or by ‘great households’.

For a valuable recent comment about the end of Antiquity, see Fowden 2002. 28 A socio-cultural genealogy civilizations, in the Near East, in India or in China? Are there sound reasons for this exclusion of the rest of the world and for the beginning of ‘European exceptionalism’? Prehistorians have stressed the largely similar progression of earlier societies in Europe and elsewhere, differently timed but basically following a set of parallel stages. That progression continued throughout Eurasia up to the Bronze Age.

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