Two new books by Jack Goody

From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Fri Oct 15 2004 - 01:56:04 EDT

Capitalism and Modernity: The Great Debate
by Jack Goody

*       Paperback: 168 pages
*       Publisher: Polity Press; (November 30, 2004)
*       ISBN: 0745631916
*       In-Print Editions: Hardcover | All Editions

Editorial Reviews
This important new book investigates how the West attained its
current position of economic and social advantage. In an incisive
historical analysis, Jack Goody examines when and why Europe (and
Anglo-America) started to outstrip all other continents in
socio-economic growth. Drawing on non-Western examples of economic
and technical progress, Goody challenges assumptions about long-term
European supremacy of a 'cultural' kind, as was a feature of many
theories current in social science. He argues that the divergence
came with the Industrial Revolution and that the earlier bourgeois
revolution of the sixteenth century was but one among many
Eurasia-wide expressions of developing mercantile and manufacturing
activity. This original book casts new light on the history of
capitalism, industrialization and modernity, and will be essential
reading for all those interested in the great debate about the
economic rise of the West.

Islam in Europe
by Jack Goody
Product Details

*       Paperback: 144 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.59 x 8.42 x 5.46
*       Publisher: Polity Press; (December 1, 2003)
*       ISBN: 0745631932

Editorial Reviews

This vigorously argued book reveals the central role that Islam has
played in European history. Following the movement of people, culture
and religion from East to West, Goody breaks down the perceived
opposition between Islam and Europe, showing Islam to be a part of
Europe's past and present. In an historical analysis of religious
warfare and forced migration, Goody examines our understanding of
legitimate violence, ethnic cleansing and terrorism. His comparative
perspective offers important and illuminating insights into current
political problems and conflicts. Goody traces three routes of Islam
into Europe, following the Arab through North Africa, Spain and
Mediterranean Europe; the Turk through Greece and the Balkans; and
the Mongol through Southern Russia to Poland and Lithuania. Each
thrust made its mark on Europe in terms of population and culture.
Yet this was not merely a military impact: especially in Spain, but
elsewhere too, Europe was substantially modified by this contact.
Today it takes the form of some eleven million immigrants, not to
speak of the possible incorporation of further millions through
Bosnia, Albania and Turkey.

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