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From the Publisher"Clearly written, logically argued, and well researched, this is an exemplary work of literary analysis and cultural history. Essential." — Choice
"This is an impressive book on a theme that has been neglected and viewed through the looking glass of comfortable western preconceptions for far too long."
-David Davies, H-Net Book Review
"Mr. Markley examines text which deploy "compensatory strategies to deal with Europe's marginalization in a global economy dominated by the empires of the Far East." About halfway through this densely packed study (which, with two hundred-some primary sources and a twenty-four-page secondary bibliography, often test a reader's stamina), Mr. Markley offers a welcome summary of his argument..."
—Tara Ghoshal Wallace, George Washington University, The Scriblerian