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The Resource Unfabling the East : the Enlightenment's encounter with Asia, Jürgen Osterhammel ; translated by Robert Savage

Unfabling the East : the Enlightenment's encounter with Asia, Jürgen Osterhammel ; translated by Robert Savage

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Unfabling the East : the Enlightenment's encounter with Asia
Title
Unfabling the East
Title remainder
the Enlightenment's encounter with Asia
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Jürgen Osterhammel ; translated by Robert Savage
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  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
During the long eighteenth century, Europe's travelers, scholars, and intellectuals looked to Asia in a spirit of puzzlement, irony, and openness. In this panoramic and colorful book, Jürgen Osterhammel tells the story of the European Enlightenment's nuanced encounter with the great civilizations of the East, from the Ottoman Empire and India to China and Japan. Here is the acclaimed book that challenges the notion that Europe's formative engagement with the non-European world was invariably marred by an imperial gaze and presumptions of Western superiority. Osterhammel shows how major figures such as Leibniz, Voltaire, Gibbon, and Hegel took a keen interest in Asian culture and history, and introduces lesser-known scientific travelers, colonial administrators, Jesuit missionaries, and adventurers who returned home from Asia bearing manuscripts in many exotic languages, huge collections of ethnographic data, and stories that sometimes defied belief. Osterhammel brings the sights and sounds of this tumultuous age vividly to life, from the salons of Paris and the lecture halls of Edinburgh to the deserts of Arabia, the steppes of Siberia, and the sumptuous courts of Asian princes. He demonstrates how Europe discovered its own identity anew by measuring itself against its more senior continent, and how it was only toward the end of this period that cruder forms of Eurocentrism--and condescension toward Asia—prevailed. A momentous work by one of Europe's most eminent historians, Unfabling the East takes readers on a thrilling voyage to the farthest shores, bringing back vital insights for our own multicultural age.--
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Osterhammel, Jürgen
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303.38095
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non fiction
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Savage, Robert
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  • Public opinion
  • Asia
  • Asia
  • Asia
  • Asia
  • Europe
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Unfabling the East : the Enlightenment's encounter with Asia, Jürgen Osterhammel ; translated by Robert Savage
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Translated from the German
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1001364123
Dimensions
25 cm
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xiii, 676 pages
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9780691172729
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1001364123
Label
Unfabling the East : the Enlightenment's encounter with Asia, Jürgen Osterhammel ; translated by Robert Savage
Publication
Note
Translated from the German
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1001364123
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 676 pages
Isbn
9780691172729
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1001364123

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