Book Reviews Trolle Larsen provides a salutary warning against Eurocentrism in studies of the ancient world. K. C. Chang was still alive when this book was published. It would have been considerate to him and useful to readers if the editors had given him a chance respond to the comments by other scholars in this book. His condition (Parkinson's disease) might have made this difficult, but any of his many former students could have obliged. Chang's article was originally published for a limited audience, but it seems to have made a great impression. A Chinese translation appeared in 1985 3 and a French translation in 1987.4 He reprinted it with stylistic revisions as an epilogue to the fourth edition (1986) of his famous textbook,5 and published a thoroughly revised version in 1989.6 In the revised version he expands considerably his arguments concerning the nature of ancient Chinese civilization and replaces the term breakout with rupture, a word that is just as dramatic but has less positive associations. It is striking--in fact inexplicable--that neither revision is taken into account, or even mentioned, anywhere in this book. donald b. wagner Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Dangerous Tastes: The Story of
Journal of World History – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Oct 12, 2003
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