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Clark University Review: [untitled] Author(s): Kent Mathewson Reviewed work(s): The Colonizer's Model of the World. Geographical Diffusionism and Eurocentric. The Colonizer's Model of the World: Geographical Diffusionism and Eurocentric History. New York: This content is only available as a PDF. [KINDLE] The Colonizer's Model of the World: Geographical Diffusionism and Eurocentric History by. J. M. Blaut. Book file PDF easily for everyone and every.
It makes its contribution through a merciless critique of mainline theories, by its selective synthesis of subaltern scholarship both theory and piecemeal empirical evidence , and by its integration of whatever evidence exists to support this alternative position I would plan to recommend it to my students as highlighting many of the controversies of the field and as representing an exaggerated version of one possible position.
I have adopted this provocative new book for my graduate colloquium on theories of world history and think that undergraduates too would enjoy Blaut''s clarity of analysis and passionate writing. He depicts Eurocentric diffusionism as a pernicious ideology justifying European and United States colonial and neocolonial domination of the rest of the world.
His largest chapter refutes ''the myth of the European miracle,'' the decisive superiority that Western Europe allegedly had achieved independent of outside help.
Blaut, a historical geographer, has assembled a wealth of evidence for many parts of the world both for the long period before and for the transitional period of to As one who has taught European history since the early ''s and world history since the late ''s I enthusiastically welcome this exciting book which challenges and explains assumptions about European superiority. Fahey, Miami University -Adopted for Theories of History World "Jim Blaut has written an exciting book that successfully challenges conventional Eurocentric diffusionism.
The text is very accessible and is well documented with numerous concrete historical examples. The book is very popular among the students that I teach. My students are enthralled by the accounts in the book of the participation of other regions of the world in the making of modern world history.
The book is easy to read without the need for much prior knowledge, and the references for further examination are excellent. Volume Dane Kennedy. University of Nebraska.
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