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Agricultural and Pastoral Societies in Ancient and Classical History (review)

Agricultural and Pastoral Societies in Ancient and Classical History (review) Book Reviews Agricultural and Pastoral Societies in Ancient and Classical History. Edited by michael adas, American Historical Association. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2001. 363 pp. $74.50 (cloth); $24.95 (paper). This book covers a series of issues dealing with agriculture, nomadology, gender, and trade in a global context. These are the topics that are dealt with in the first of the two parts that divide the book. The first essay gives an overview of historians and theoretical apparatus in regard to world history. In his article, J. H. Bentley provides a great service to historians interested in world history. He reviews the way in which historians such as Oswald Spengler viewed the world by classifying civilization in an interesting and bizarre manner (Appollinian, Magian, and Faustian), through Arnold J. Toynbee's monumental and copious A Study of History, which was written through a European philosophical historical imagination, reaching into classical Greece. He states that in this Eurocentric view, Asia was misunderstood. He goes on to discuss the theories used to understand world history in the twentieth century, from modernization theory to world systems analysis. He proceeds by looking at the journals and books that are seminal for world historians, beginning http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Agricultural and Pastoral Societies in Ancient and Classical History (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 14 (2) – May 27, 2003

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Book Reviews Agricultural and Pastoral Societies in Ancient and Classical History. Edited by michael adas, American Historical Association. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2001. 363 pp. $74.50 (cloth); $24.95 (paper). This book covers a series of issues dealing with agriculture, nomadology, gender, and trade in a global context. These are the topics that are dealt with in the first of the two parts that divide the book. The first essay gives an overview of historians and theoretical apparatus in regard to world history. In his article, J. H. Bentley provides a great service to historians interested in world history. He reviews the way in which historians such as Oswald Spengler viewed the world by classifying civilization in an interesting and bizarre manner (Appollinian, Magian, and Faustian), through Arnold J. Toynbee's monumental and copious A Study of History, which was written through a European philosophical historical imagination, reaching into classical Greece. He states that in this Eurocentric view, Asia was misunderstood. He goes on to discuss the theories used to understand world history in the twentieth century, from modernization theory to world systems analysis. He proceeds by looking at the journals and books that are seminal for world historians, beginning

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: May 27, 2003

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