Francisco Bethencourt's Top Book Recommendations

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This comprehensive study of international ethnic cleansing provides in-depth coverage of its occurrences in Armenia, Nazi Germany, Cambodia, Yugoslavia, and Rwanda, as well as cases of lesser violence in early modern Europe and in contemporary India and Indonesia. After presenting a general theory of why serious conflict emerges and how it escalates into mass murder, Michael Mann offers suggestions on how to avoid such escalation in the future. Michael Mann is the author of Fascists (Cambridge, 2004) and The Sources of Social Power (Cambridge 1986). less
Recommended by Francisco Bethencourt, and 1 others.

Francisco BethencourtMichael Mann was extremely useful in my research because he made me understand better the relation between nationalism and racism. (Source)

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The East in the West

In reassessing Western views of Asia, which much European history and social theory has seen as static or backward, this text challenges Eurocentric assumptions, including the notion of a special Western rationality, differences in mercantile activity and the role of the family. less
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Francisco BethencourtGoody challenges and demolishes this idea of the 18th and 19th centuries, which saw Asia as backward, as static, as immobile. (Source)

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By examining in detail the material life of pre-industrial peoples around the world, Fernand Braudel significantly changed the way historians view their subject. Volume I describes food and drink, dress and housing, demography and family structure, energy and technology, money and credit, and the growth of towns. less
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Francisco BethencourtBraudel was taking a global approach to the world between the 15th and 18th century very early on. (Source)

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A forceful argument against America's vicious circle of growing inequality by the Nobel Prize–winning economist.

America currently has the most inequality, and the least equality of opportunity, among the advanced countries. While market forces play a role in this stark picture, politics has shaped those market forces. In this best-selling book, Nobel Prize–winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz exposes the efforts of well-heeled interests to compound their wealth in ways that have stifled true, dynamic capitalism. Along the way he examines the effect of inequality...
Recommended by Bill Gates, Francisco Bethencourt, and 2 others.

Bill GatesI have mixed feelings about The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future by Joseph E. Stiglitz. Stiglitz’s contributions are important in that he really does a good job of articulating the issues of inequality and the economic factors that underlie it. He raises important questions about whether it’s getting harder for people in the U.S. to move up the economic... (Source)

Francisco BethencourtI’m working now on a history of inequality, because while I was working on racism I was bumping into this issue all the time. It is indeed a political problem. (Source)

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Juliet 'Kego Poetry4changeYou can listen to this while in Traffic...especially for residents of Las Gidi😂 In 2020: LISTEN TO, OR READ ONE BOOK PER WEEK🙏 "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African", Written By Himself (1745-1797) (Source)

David OlusogaThis is a unique and really special book, a full-length autobiography of a man who experienced every aspect of what slavery was. (Source)

Francisco BethencourtThe book showed how a former slave could be highly sensitive, emotional, articulate, with the right values. It created a totally different dynamic for the abolitionist movement. (Source)

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