9780521745161

Renaissances: The One or the Many?

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    9780521745161

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    0521745160

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-08
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

One of the most distinguished social scientists in the world addresses one of the central historical questions of the past millennium: does the European Renaissance deserve its unique status at the very heart of our notions of modernity? Jack Goody scrutinises the European model in relation to parallel renaissances that have taken place in other cultural areas, primarily Islam and China, and emphasises what Europe owed to non-European influences. Renaissances continues that strand of historical analysis critical of Eurocentrism that Goody has developed in recent works like The East and the West (1996) or The Theft of History (2006). This book is wide-ranging, powerful, deftly argued, and draws upon the author's long experience of working in Africa and elsewhere. Not since Toynbee in The Study of History has anybody attempted quite what Jack Goody is undertaking in Renaissances, and the result is as accessible as it is ambitious.

Author Biography

Sir Jack Goody is Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John's College.

Table of Contents

List of platesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The idea of a renaissancep. 7
Montpellier and medicine in Europep. 43
Religion and the secularp. 62
Rebirth in Islamp. 94
Emancipation and efflorescence in Judaismp. 145
Cultural continuity in Indiap. 161
Renaissance in Chinap. 198
Were renascences only European?p. 241
Appendices
Chronologies of Islam, India and Chinap. 275
Dynasties of Islamp. 276
Events in Islamic history, 622-1334p. 278
Periods of Indian historyp. 279
Chinese dynastiesp. 282
Four learned menp. 284
The Bagrep. 286
Referencesp. 288
Indexp. 304
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