Governance,â âCivilizational Encounters,â âLivelihoods,â âLanguage, Power, and Hegemony in European Oriental Studies,â and âA Theory of Global Culturalization.â Each of these chapters is divided into numerous short discussions, some of which are considerably more useful than others. For example, in chapter 4, Gunn delivers a short but interesting summary of the Jesuitsâ establishment of printing presses in various parts of Asia and the role these presses played in the production and dissemination of knowledge (86â94). But elsewhere Gunnâs discussion is more superficial, and many important subjects receive little more than one page (âThe Rise of a European Map Culture,â âThe Mongol Exchange,â âThe Sinic View of the Universe,â and âChinese Rejection of Western Science,â to mention just a few). It might have been useful to offer a critical analysis of the impact that this travel literature had on early modern European scientific and cultural achievements, such as how âAsian knowledgeâ contributed to the development of European fields of study. For example, the chapter âEnlightenment Views of Asian Governanceâ mentions that the philosophes employed their understandings of Asia to further their own social and political agendas in Europe, but it establishes little more than that the philosophes were familiar
Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East – Duke University Press
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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