First Globalization: The Eurasian Exchange, 1500-1800 / Edition 1by Geoffrey C. Gunn
Pub. Date: 07/15/2003
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
First Globalization presents an original and sweeping conceptualization of the grand cultural-civilizational encounter between Asia and Europe. Now largely taken for granted, the exchange resonates in multiple ways even today. Offering a "metageography" of the vast Eurasian zone, Geoffrey C. Gunn shows how between 1500 and 1800, a lively two-way flow in ideas, philosophies, and cultural products brought competing civilizations into serious dialogue and mostly peaceful exchange. In Europe, the interaction was reflected in missionary reporting, cartographic representations, literary productions, and intellectual fashions, alongside the business of commerce and plunder (when it reached the Americas and peripheries). In Asia-notably China, India, and particularly Japan-European ideas and their bearers received a remarkably positive hearing when they did not challenge reigning orthodoxies. Ranging from discussions of the natural world, livelihoods, and religious and intellectual encounters to language, play, crime and punishment, gender, and governance, this book replays the themes of enduring hybridity and "creolization" of cultures dating from the first great encounter between Europe and Asia.
Table of ContentsChapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Glossary Chapter 3 List of Illustrations Chapter 4 Introduction Part 5 The Discovery Canon Part 6 Historical Confabulators and Literary Geographers Part 7 Observations on Nature Part 8 Catholic Cosmologies Part 9 Mapping Eurasia Part 10 Enlightenment Views of Asian Governance Part 11 Civilizational Encounters Part 12 Livelihoods Part 13 Language, Power and Hegemony in European Oriental Studies Part 14 A Theory of Global Culturalization Chapter 15 Conclusion
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