Cultures in Motion: Mapping Key Contacts and Their Imprints in World History / Edition 1

Cultures in Motion: Mapping Key Contacts and Their Imprints in World History / Edition 1

by Peter N. Stearns
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300082290

ISBN-13: 9780300082296

Pub. Date: 12/28/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

When different cultures come in contact with one another, the impact on the course of history can be dramatic and unexpected. Encounters between separate societies or civilizations have resulted in the spread of major religions, vast migrations, scientific breakthroughs, the dissemination of powerful political notions, and many other transformations. This unique book…  See more details below

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When different cultures come in contact with one another, the impact on the course of history can be dramatic and unexpected. Encounters between separate societies or civilizations have resulted in the spread of major religions, vast migrations, scientific breakthroughs, the dissemination of powerful political notions, and many other transformations. This unique book brings to life key episodes of cultural contact in world history, from the beginnings of civilization to the present. Through a combination of vivid case studies and imaginative color maps, award-winning history professor Peter Stearns shows how we can better understand world history by examining what happens when culture meets culture. One culture�s new contact with another can lead to assimilation, rejection, or—most often—a merging of elements from both cultures. Stearns focuses on fourteen important historical examples of intercultural exchange from around the globe. He considers: � the spread of major religions, such as Buddhism and Islam � voluntary and forced migrations, such as the Jewish and African diasporas � the dissemination of modern forces, including nationalism and Marxism � the impact of European colonial rule on gender relations in India and in Africa � recent international diffusion of consumer culture � and much more� For each example, original maps reveal geographic patterns and provide a clear sense of the impact of that particular meeting of cultures.

Author Biography: Peter N. Stearns is provost at George Mason University. He has taught world history for twenty-five years and is the author or coauthor of more than fifty books.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300082296
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
9.72(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.37(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction2
Pt. IEarly Cultural Contacts Through the Classical Period
Ch. 1Egypt and the Middle East: The Contact with Early Greece8
Ch. 2The Hellenistic-Indian Encounter14
Ch. 3Buddhism and New Cultural Contacts in Asia20
Ch. 4The Jewish Diaspora28
Ch. 5The Spread of Christianity36
Pt. IIPostclassical and Early Modern Periods, 450-1750 C.E.
Ch. 6The Spread of Islam46
Ch. 7Christianity and the Americas56
Ch. 8The Spread of Science62
Ch. 9The African Diaspora66
Pt. IIIThe Modern Centuries
Ch. 10The Spread of Nationalism76
Ch. 11Imperialist Ideas About Women84
Ch. 12The Development of International Art92
Ch. 13The Spread of Marxism98
Ch. 14International Consumer Culture108
Bibliography113
Index117

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