Inventing Western Civilization

ISBN-10: 0853459614
ISBN-13: 9780853459613
Edition: 1997
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Description: In this wonderful book, Thomas Patterson effectively dethrones the concept of 'civilization' as an abstract good, transcending human society.--Martin BernalDrawing on his extensive knowledge of early societies, Thomas C. Patterson shows how class,  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Publication date: 1/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 156
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

In this wonderful book, Thomas Patterson effectively dethrones the concept of 'civilization' as an abstract good, transcending human society.--Martin BernalDrawing on his extensive knowledge of early societies, Thomas C. Patterson shows how class, sexism, and racism have been integral to the appearance of "civilized" societies in Western Europe. He lays out clearly and simply how civilization, with its designs of "civilizing" and "being civilized," has been closely tied to the rise of capitalism in Western Europe and the development of social classes.

Acknowledgments
Inventing Civilization
Civilization and Its Boosters
Civilization and Its Critics
Inventing Barbarians and Other Uncivilized Peoples
Uncivilized Peoples Speak
Notes
Index

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