[Marxism] Fwd: “How the West Came to Rule”: a work for the ages | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jan 31 14:35:01 MST 2016

When Jim Blaut succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2000, he was denied the 
possibility of completing the third and final installment in a series of 
books about Eurocentrism. The first two—“The Colonizer’s Model of the 
World” and “Eight Eurocentric Historians”—were polemical but scholarly 
rebuttals to a wide range of thinkers, including Robert Brenner. The 
third was intended to demonstrate that a different kind of history could 
be written, one that gave the “people without history”—as Hegel put 
it—their proper due. When I finished reading Alexander Anievas and Kerem 
Nisancioglu’s “How the West Came to Rule: the Geopolitical Origins of 
Capitalism” this week, I was left with the feeling that Blaut’s book had 
finally been written.


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