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Inventing Western Civilization

Inventing Western Civilization

Paperback, 156 pages
ISBN: 0-85345-961-4
Released: January 1997

Price: $16.00

What is civilization? The term, commonly identified with “uplift” and “order,” has come to take on another meaning: the “civilized” versus the “primitive.” This book is about the idea of civilization and how, at different times, the concept has been used by the powerful in order to defend their status. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of early societies, anthropologist Thomas C. Patterson shows how class, sexism, and racism have been integral to the appearance of “civilized” societies in Western Europe.

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