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Monarchies 1000-2000 (review)

Monarchies 1000-2000 (review) Book Reviews mind anyway, early Japanese civilization not an East Asian one. So where, then, do we draw the line, if we must for purposes of clarity, between the local realities of ethnic and cultural development and the broader inventions of grandiose civilizations in the emergence of modern nations? Such questions aside, this is an important book that will no doubt spark even more debate about the importance of area studies in university curricula, and should force scholars of East Asia to ponder anew the meaningfulness of the modern nation-state as a rubric of research and classroom pedagogy, at least as far as ancient history is concerned. brett l. walker Montana State University at Bozeman Monarchies 1000­2000. By w. m. spellman. London: Reaktion Books, 2001. 312 pp. $35.00 (cloth). Royalty in this tabloid age, W. M. Spellman would still have us believe, "continues to remind us of values beyond the primacy of the particular and material." Kings, queens, and emperors have satisfied an apparently universal human need to unite authority, order, and transcendence. Spellman's comparative synthesis, which will undoubtedly be used to supplement standard surveys, narrates the parallel histories of world monarchies over a millennium that has witnessed http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Monarchies 1000-2000 (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 14 (2) – May 27, 2003

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Book Reviews mind anyway, early Japanese civilization not an East Asian one. So where, then, do we draw the line, if we must for purposes of clarity, between the local realities of ethnic and cultural development and the broader inventions of grandiose civilizations in the emergence of modern nations? Such questions aside, this is an important book that will no doubt spark even more debate about the importance of area studies in university curricula, and should force scholars of East Asia to ponder anew the meaningfulness of the modern nation-state as a rubric of research and classroom pedagogy, at least as far as ancient history is concerned. brett l. walker Montana State University at Bozeman Monarchies 1000­2000. By w. m. spellman. London: Reaktion Books, 2001. 312 pp. $35.00 (cloth). Royalty in this tabloid age, W. M. Spellman would still have us believe, "continues to remind us of values beyond the primacy of the particular and material." Kings, queens, and emperors have satisfied an apparently universal human need to unite authority, order, and transcendence. Spellman's comparative synthesis, which will undoubtedly be used to supplement standard surveys, narrates the parallel histories of world monarchies over a millennium that has witnessed

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: May 27, 2003

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