This extensively researched book argues that the development of a libertarian culture was an indispensable component of the rise of the West. The roots of the West's superior intellectual and artistic creativity should be traced back to the aristocratic warlike culture of Indo-European speakers. Among the many fascinating topics discussed are: the ascendancy of multicultural historians and the degradation of European history; China's ecological endowments and imperial windfalls; military revolutions in Europe 1300-1800; the science and chivalry of Henry the Navigator; Judaism and its contribution to Western rationalism; the cultural richness of Max Weber versus the intellectual poverty of Pomeranz, Wong, Goldstone, Goody, and A.G. Frank; change without progress in the East; Hegel's Phenomenology of the [Western] Spirit; Nietzsche and the education of the Homeric Greeks; Kojeve's master-slave dialectic and the Western state of nature; Christian virtues and German aristocratic expansionism.
The Uniqueness of Western Civilization
Ricardo Duchesne, The University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada
After challenging the multicultural effort to “provincialize” the history of Western civilization, this book argues that the roots of the West’s exceptional creativity should be traced back to the uniquely aristocratic warlike culture of Indo-European speakers.
Nicole Trujillo-Pagán, Wayne State University
This volume explores the establishment of US colonial rule over Puerto Rico through the appropriation and usurpation of the status of local physicians, the undermining of their political legitimacy, and its role in the development of capitalism in the colony.
Sara R. Farris
Providing a detailed reconstruction of the concept of personality within Weber’s systematic studies of world religions, this book shows its complex development within three related problematics associated with Weber’s influential comparative historical sociology – individuation, politics and ...
Jeff Shantz, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Dana M. Williams, Valdosta State University, GA
Anarchy & Society constructs a tentative synthesis of sociological and anarchist thought, providing a roadmap to a future ‘anarchist sociology’.
Shourideh C. Molavi, York University
In Stateless Citizenship, Shourideh C. Molavi examines the mechanisms of exclusion of Palestinian citizens in the Zionist incorporation regime, and centres our analytical gaze on the paradox that it is through the provision of Israeli citizenship that Palestinians are deemed stateless.
Laura Westra, University of Windsor and University of Milano, Bicocca
Legal "personhood" has granted corporations increasing powers while citizens and national governments face diminishing powers in the expanding global economy. As a result, corporate decisions undermine and even nullify legal decisions made by democratically elected governments designed to ...
Milan Zafirovski, University of North Texas and Daniel G. Rodeheaver, University of North Texas
In Modernity and Terrorism Zafirovski and Rodeheaver analyze the nature, types, and causes of terrorism. The book redefines terrorism in novel comprehensive way, considers counter-state and state terrorism, and identifies and predicts conservative anti-modernity as the main cause of terrorism.
Mansoor Moaddel, Eastern Michigan University and Stuart A. Karabenick, University of Michigan
In Religious Fundamentalism in the Middle East, Moaddel and Karabenick explain variations in fundamentalist beliefs and attitudes on both macro and micro level.
Edited by John J. Betancur, University of Illinois at Chicago and Cedric Herring, University of Illinois at Chicago
Reinventing Race, Reinventing Racism provides fresh theoretical insights and policy solutions that address intractable new forms of racism. This accessible book tackles important and timely issues that continue to affect the lives of Americans of all shades and ethnicities.
Horst J. Helle, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
As a founder of humanist sociology Simmel sent several important messages, identified and explained here as referring to interpretation, evolution, interaction, and alienation. Simmel’s ideas on these issues are confronted and compared with those of Karl Marx and Max Weber.
Henryk Szlajfer, Warsaw University and Polish Academy of Sciences
In Economic Nationalism and Globalization Henryk Szlajfer offers, against the background of developments in Latin America and Central Europe in times of globalization from late 19th century until late 1930s, a reinterpretation of economic nationalism both as an analytical category and historical ...
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