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Unfabling the East : the enlightenment's encounter with Asia

Author: Jürgen Osterhammel; Robert Savage
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2018] ©2018
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Osterhammel, Jürgen.
Unfabling the East : the enlightenment's encounter with Asia.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, ©2018
693 pages
(DLC) 2017039097
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jürgen Osterhammel; Robert Savage
ISBN: 9781400889471 1400889472
OCLC Number: 1031214281
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 676 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; I. Introduction: Looking to the East; Asia's "Decline"-Europe's Arrogance; The Great Map of Mankind; The Power of Discourse, the Burden of Learning; Sensing and Constructing Difference; Spaces; Epochs; PATHWAYS OF KNOWLEDGE; II. Asia and Europe: Borders, Hierarchies, Equilibria; Asia and Europe in the Tsarist Empire; The Ottoman Empire: European Great Power or Barbarian at the Gates?; Asia: The Preeminent Continent?; Character and Encyclopedia; European Primacy and Provincialism; III. Changing Perspectives; Cultural Transfer and Colonialism. Theories of EthnocentrismCompetition and Comparison; Discursive Justice; Chinese Interviews, Indian Letters; Niebuhr's Monkey; IV. Traveling; Sir John Malcolm's Dinner Party; A Weeping Mandarin; Sea and Land; East Asia: Walled Empires; South Asia and Southeast Asia: Porous Borders; The Near East: A Pilgrimage to Antiquity; Adventurers and Renegades; Scholars and Administrators; V. Encounters; Ordeals, Disappointments, Catastrophes; The Mysterious Mister Manning; Interpreters and Dialogues; Language Barriers; Mimesis and Deception; A Sociology of Perception. VI. Eyewitnesses-Earwitnesses: Experiencing AsiaGiants and Unicorns; Prejudices and Preconceptions; Autopsy; Before the Tribunal of Philosophy; Methods of the Inquisitive Class; Hearing and Hearsay; Local Knowledge: Asiatic Scholarship in European Texts; VII. Reporting, Editing, Reading: From Lived Experience to Printed Text; The Travel Account as a Tool of Inquiry; Style and Truth; Anthologies, Collages, Mega-Narratives; The Task of the Translator; Topicality and Canonicity; Traces of Reading; Arts of Reading; Fractured Representation; THE PRESENT AND THE PAST. VIII. The Raw Forces of History: Apocalyptic Horsemen, Conquerors, UsurpersTribal Asia: Attila and the Consequences; A Continent of Revolutions; Timur: Statesman and Monster; Nadir Shah: Comet of War and Patriot; Haidar Ali: Tyrant and Enlightened Reformer; The Modernization of Political Vulcanism; IX. Savages and Barbarians; Lost Savages; Four Types of Barbarism; The Roof of the World; "Tartary" in Geography, the Philosophy of History, and Ethnography; Knights and Strangers in the Crimea; The Ethnology and Politics of Arabic Liberty; Theories of Nomadism; Triumph of the Settlers. X. Real and Unreal DespotsThe Heirs of Nero and Solomon; Montesquieu Reads Sir John Chardin; Despotism and the Philosophy of History; "Oriental Despotism" under Suspicion; Anquetil-Duperron: The Despot's New Clothes; India: Translatio Despotica; Despotism with Chinese Characteristics; The Ottoman Empire: Praetorian Guards and Paper Tigers; Ex Occidente Lux; XI. Societies; Solidarity among the Civilized; Cities; Batavia's Colonial Sociology; Close-Up: Urban Life in Syrian Aleppo; Slaves; Scholars and Aesthetes in Power; Castes: Religious Straitjacket or Social Utopia?; Feudalism.
Other Titles: Die Entzauberung Asiens.
Responsibility: Jürgen Osterhammel ; translated by Robert Savage.

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