Postcolonial Studies and Beyond

Postcolonial Studies and Beyond Governance,” “Civilizational Encounters,” “Livelihoods,” “Language, Power, and Hegemony in European Oriental Studies,” and “A Theory of Global Culturalization.” 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 Jesuits’ establishment of printing presses in various parts of Asia and the role these presses played in the production and dissemination of knowledge (86–94). But elsewhere Gunn’s discussion is more superficial, and many important subjects receive little more than one page (“The Rise of a European Map Culture,” “The Mongol Exchange,” “The Sinic View of the Universe,” and “Chinese Rejection of Western Science,” 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 “Asian knowledge” contributed to the development of European fields of study. For example, the chapter “Enlightenment Views of Asian Governance” 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East Duke University Press

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Duke University Press
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© 2007 by Duke University Press
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1089-201X
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1089-201X
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10.1215/1089201x-2007-019
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Governance,” “Civilizational Encounters,” “Livelihoods,” “Language, Power, and Hegemony in European Oriental Studies,” and “A Theory of Global Culturalization.” 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 Jesuits’ establishment of printing presses in various parts of Asia and the role these presses played in the production and dissemination of knowledge (86–94). But elsewhere Gunn’s discussion is more superficial, and many important subjects receive little more than one page (“The Rise of a European Map Culture,” “The Mongol Exchange,” “The Sinic View of the Universe,” and “Chinese Rejection of Western Science,” 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 “Asian knowledge” contributed to the development of European fields of study. For example, the chapter “Enlightenment Views of Asian Governance” 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

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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle EastDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2007

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