Analyzes the history of European peasants, workers, and artisans as they were affected by major economic developments and trends
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Eric R. Wolf (1923–1999) was Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, Herbert H. Lehman College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York.Review:
"In this big and important book, Eric Wolf begins and ends with the assertion that anthropology must pay more attention to history. . . . It is with pleasure, then, that one reads a critical analysis that rejects pseudo- historical oppositions and explores with such care the historical processes by which primitive and peasant pasts have become a fundamentally altered primitive, peasant, and proletarian present." -- William Roseberry, Dialectical Anthropology
"The work of a powerful theoretical intelligence, but one informed by a lived sense of social realities." -- Times Literary Supplement
"Wolf has created a history of connection rather than one of segregation. . . . This absorbing and stimulating book . . . provides a convincing and, dare I say, new perspective. . . . By emphasizing a common past, Wolf moves away from weary polarities of active 'white' centre and passive 'non- white' periphery and suggests both a more complex and a more informed sense of the relationship between Europe and the rest of the world." -- Ben Jay, European Update
"Wolf's empirical knowledge is exceptionally wide. . . . He relies on a skillful selection of phenomena in time and space that are reasonably representative of the totality. . . . The book is very well written and with a profoundly human touch." -- Magnus Mrner, Ethnos
"Wolf's intention is to explain the development and nature of the chains of cause and consequence which linked populations in the post-1400 world. The outcome is a tightly structured and elegant book." -- Oceania
"Wolf's intention is to show that European expansion not only transformed the historical trajectory of non-European societies but also reconstituted their historical accounts of their societies before European intervention. . . . His historical sweep and analytic breadth are astounding, and he gives approximately equal weight to historical 'winners' and 'losers.'" -- Michael S. Kimmel, American Journal of Sociology
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Book Description University of California Press, 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110520044592