Review of How the West Came to Rule

Sung Hee Ru


This is a book which invites us to reconsider what we thought we knew and understood about a Europe’s rise. It examines the historical origin of Europe’s capitalism in the growing call for internationality that can explain the uneven and combined histories of European and non-European regions. This view asks us to use the lens of relational and hierarchical perspectives, which contain various types of interconnected narratives between European and non-European regions in Europe’s exceptional rise, instead of accepting the self-generating development of the West.

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Abu-Lughod, Janet L. 1989. Before European Hegemony The World System A.D. 1250-1350. New York: Oxford University Press.



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