224 China Review International: Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 1997 Roxann Prazniak. Dialogues across Civilizations: Sketches in World History from the Chinese and European Experiences. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1996. xii, 212 pp. Hardcover $65.00, isbn 0-8133-2735-0. Paperback $14.95, isbn 0-8133-2736-9. Thanks to the length and accessibüity of their historical records China and Europe offer the richest possibüities for comparison in the teaching of world history. In this book, Roxann Prazniak has ingeniously designed and skiUfidly fashioned a tool for use in that enterprise. The volume's contents and approach reflect the author's long interest in cross-cultural perspectives and considerable experience with undergraduates. The preface mentions the early intellectual influence of the neighborhood Goodwill book bin; Karl Jasper's Socrates, Buddha, Confucius and Jesus, acquired in high school; undergraduate courses at Berkeley; and her contribution of an Asianist's perspective to the team teaching of Western civilization at Linfield CoUege. The dialogue Prazniak speaks of is a metaphorical one, the examination of topics from two cultural traditions placed side-by-side, as opposed to direct encounters. The book consists of eight chapters, each exploring one topic. The chapters are not arranged by strict chronology but instead are grouped under three general headings that
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Mar 30, 1997
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