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The Invention of Humanity

Equality and Cultural Difference in World History

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$51.50 • £41.95 • €46.50

ISBN 9780674971967

Publication Date: 02/20/2017


672 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

5 maps


  • Introduction: How Cross-Cultural Equality Became Thinkable
  • 1. Visions of a Common Humanity
  • 2. Religious and Philosophical Universalisms
  • 3. History, Ethnography, and the Anthropological Turn
  • 4. Thinking across Frontiers in Medieval Islam
  • 5. The Atlantic Frontier and the Limits of Christian Equality
  • 6. Global Equality and Inequality in Enlightenment Thought
  • 7. Modern Equality and Scientific Racism in the Nineteenth Century
  • 8. The Globalization of Equality
  • 9. The Age of Human Rights
  • Epilogue: The Future of Global Equality
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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