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The Eurasian Miracle by Jack Goody


The Eurasian Miracle by Jack Goody

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.


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

About the Author

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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Publication date

30th October 2009


Jack Goody

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Polity Press


166 pages





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