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Contact and exchange in the ancient world

Author: Victor H Mair
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, ©2006.
Series: Perspectives on the global past.
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Do civilizations independently invent themselves or are they the result of cultural diffusion? The contributors to this volume do not attempt to provide a definitive answer to this contentious question, one of the most debated issues of the past century. Instead, they shift the focus from theory to reality by presenting empirical evidence on a wide range of cultural phenomena in history and prehistory, thereby  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Cross-cultural studies
History
Études transculturelles
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Victor H Mair
ISBN: 0824828844 9780824828844
OCLC Number: 62896389
Description: ix, 310 pages : illustrations, maps (some color) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Kinesis versus stasis: interaction versus independent invention / Victor H. Mair --
Beyond modernocentrism: toward fresh visions of the global past / Jeffrey H. Bentley --
The trans-Eurasian exchange: the prehistory of Chinese relations with the West / Andrew Sherratt --
The queen mother of the West: a study of the influence of Western prototypes on the iconography of the Taoist deity / Elfriede R. Knauer --
Natural history and cultural history: the circulation of hunting leopards in Eurasia, seventh-seventeenth centuries / Thomas T. Allsen --
Some thoughts on the origins of the Turks and the shaping of the Turkic peoples / Peter B. Golden --
Early loan words in western Central Asia: indications of substrate populations, migrations, and trade relations / Michael Witzel --
Textiles as a medium of exchange in Third Millennium B.C.E. Western Asia / Irene Good --
Cultural and political control in north China: style and use of the bronzes of Yan at Liulihe during the early Western Zhou / Yan Sun --
Biological evidence for pre-Columbian transoceanic voyages / John L. Sorenson and Carl L. Johannessen.
Series Title: Perspectives on the global past.
Responsibility: edited by Victor H. Mair.
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