35th out of 109 books — 102 voters
Global History: A View from the South
by Samir Amin
Responding to the need to take a fresh look at world history, hitherto dominated by Eurocentric ideologues and historians in their attempt to justify the nature and character of modern capitalism, Samir Amin looks in this book at the ancient world system and how it has influenced the development of the modern world. He analyses the origin and nature of modern globalizatio
Paperback, 200 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Pambazuka Press
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Samir Amin is one of those authors I regret I don’t read more when I finally get to piece by him. He is an unsettling Marxist theorist/economist/analyst whose rigorously non-Eurocentric view of the world and compelling sense of the long dureé is something we need a lot more of. His sense of ‘Global History’ as a way to make sense of the current global condition starts about 5-300 BCE, and he is prepared to talk of 2000 years as a single period in global history. What’s more, it is both compellin...more
Egyptian Marxist economist. He currently lives in Dakar, Senegal.More about Samir Amin...