ISBN-10:
0791463648
ISBN-13:
9780791463642
Pub. Date:
02/03/2005
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Enemies of Civilization: Attitudes toward Foreigners in Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and China

Enemies of Civilization: Attitudes toward Foreigners in Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and China

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ISBN-13: 9780791463642
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 02/03/2005
Series: SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 229
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Mu-chou Poo is Professor and Research Fellow in the Institute of History and Philology at Academia Sinica in Taiwan. He is the author of several books, including In Search of Personal Welfare: A View of Ancient Chinese Religion, also published by SUNY Press.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

List of Abbreviations

Chronological Table

1. Introduction

The Question about The Others
Ethnic Theories and Ancient History
Choice of Subjects
About the Comparative Study of History
Structure, Scope, and Sources

2. In Search of Cultural Identity

Geography
Language
Looking for Foreigners

3. Representations

Designations of Self and Others
Textual and Graphic Evidence

4. Relations and Attitudes

Enemies
Demons
Friends and Allies
From Apprehension to Appreciation

5. Foreigners Within

Social Positions
Foreign Goods and Languages

6. The Transformation of the Barbarians

To Assimilate or Not to Assimilate
Between Ideology and Reality

7. Conclusion

The Illusive Others
Official Ideology and Private Sentiments
The Comparative Gaze
The Problem of Great Civilizations

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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