World and the West: The European Challenge and the Overseas Response in the Age of Empire

World and the West: The European Challenge and the Overseas Response in the Age of Empire

by Philip D. Curtin, Curtin Philip D.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521771358

ISBN-13: 9780521771351

Pub. Date: 04/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is a study of the interaction of the Western societies of Europe and America with others around the world in the past two centuries—the age of European empire. Through a variety of case studies, it considers the European threat and the non-Western response, but the focus is on the ways in which people in Asia, African, and Indian America have tried

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This book is a study of the interaction of the Western societies of Europe and America with others around the world in the past two centuries—the age of European empire. Through a variety of case studies, it considers the European threat and the non-Western response, but the focus is on the ways in which people in Asia, African, and Indian America have tried to adapt their ways of life to the overwhelming European power of the period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521771351
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Conquest: 1. The Pattern of Empire; 2. Technology and power; 3. The politics of Imperialism; Part II. Culture Change under Imperial Rule: 4. Culture change in plural societies: South Africa and Central Asia; 5. Culture change in Mexico; 6. Administrative choices and their consequences: examples from Bengal, Central Asia, Java, and Malaya; Part III. Conversion: 7. Christian missions in East Africa; 8. Varieties of defensive modernization; 9. Meiji Japan: revolutionary modernization; 10. Ottoman reactions to the West; Part IV. The Drive for Independence and the Liquidation of Empires: 11. Non-European resistance and the European withdrawal; 12. Personal and utopian responses: millenarianism; 13. The search for viable independence: Indonesia; 14. Paths to viable independence: Ghana.

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