Cross-Cultural Encounters in Modern World History

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  • Copyright: 2012-03-02
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Takes an encounters approach to studying the modern world. Cross-Cultural Encounters in Modern World History explores cultural contact as an agent of change. It takes an encounters approach to world history since 1500, rather than a political one, to reveal different perspectives and experiences as well as key patterns and transformations. The text focuses on first encounters that suggest long-term developments. Because of the complexities of these encounters, the author takes a user-friendly approach to keep the text accessible to students with varying backgrounds in history. Learning Goals Upon completing this book readers will be able to: Understand the dynamics of cultural contact and exchange as agents of historical change View cultural encounters as more than a political struggle between dominant and subordinate people See the impact of first encounters and longer-term, macro-historical encounters Note:MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit:www.mysearchlab.comor you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205248403 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205248407.

Author Biography

Dr. Jon Davidann is a professor of History at Hawai’i Pacific University and a graduate of the University of Minnesota.  He teaches courses in U.S., Japanese, and World History including the History of Oil.  Dr. Davidann’s research specialty is U.S.-Japanese relations and world history.  He is the author several books on U.S.-Japanese relations and world history.  He lives in Kailua, Hawai’i with his wife Beth and son Elijah.


Marc Jason Gilbert is the holder of an NEH-supported Chair in World History at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a former University System of Georgia Distinguished Professor of Teaching and Learning. He received his Ph.D in history in 1978 at UCLA, where he built his own program in world history out of a mixture of more traditional fields. He is a founding member of the World History Association and one of its initial elected officers.More than a decade ago, he founded and served as executive director of the Southeastern World History Association. He has codirected two Summer Institutes for Teaching Advanced Placement World History. He has attempted to bring a global dimension to the study of south and southeast Asian history in numerous articles and books, such as Why the North Won the Vietnam War.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. iv
Introduction: Cross-Cultural Encounters and Hybrid Culturep. 1
Encounters in the Age of Explorationp. 11
Power and Unpredictability, Conquistadors, and Native Peoples: Conquest of the Americasp. 12
"Indios"p. 13
European and Native American Perceptionsp. 13
Columbus and the Route to Asiap. 16
Columbus and the Tainop. 18
CortÚs, Aztecs, and Conquest of Mexicop. 24
The Aztecsp. 25
Native American Responsesp. 29
Fighting for the Native Americans: Las Casasp. 30
Europeans on the Margin: Missionaries and Indigenous Response in East Asiap. 34
Cultural Conversion in China: Matteo Riccip. 37
Chinese-Jesuit Dialoguep. 41
Japan and the Jesuitsp. 44
Empires of Difference: The Ottoman Model of a Multicultural Statep. 53
Outsiders in the Ottoman Empirep. 55
The Amanp. 55
The Millet Systemp. 56
Trade and Commercep. 56
Imperial Power, Imperial Diversityp. 58
Obstacles to Tolerationp. 59
Tradep. 60
Prisoners and Slavesp. 61
Pilgrims and Missionariesp. 61
Cosmopolitan Ports of Call: Salonica and Algiersp. 62
The Ottoman Encounter with "Orientalism"p. 66
Encounters-Middle Ground Successes and Failuresp. 69
Cultures in Competition: Native American Encounters with Europeansp. 70
European and Native American Perceptionsp. 72
New England Native Americans and Landp. 73
Impact of the Fur Tradep. 77
The Middle Groundp. 78
The Catawbap. 81
Native Americans and the U.S. Governmentp. 83
From First Contact to Entanglement: Polynesian Encounters with Euro-Americansp. 87
Polynesia at the Time of Its Contact with the Westp. 89
The West at the Time of the First Contact with Polynesiap. 92
Castawaysp. 99
On the Frontiers of Central Asia: Russia, China and Steppe Empires in Eurasiap. 107
The Mongolsp. 109
The Russian Empire and the Peoples of the Steppep. 110
Raiding and Slavesp. 113
Diplomacy and Conquestp. 114
Missionary Activityp. 119
China, Russia, and Mongoliap. 120
Imperialism and Nationalism in the Modern Worldp. 125
Altered States: British Imperialism and the Rise of Indian Nationalismp. 126
Britain Discovers Indiap. 126
The Orientalistsp. 129
The Bengal Renaissancep. 132
Remaking a Civilizationp. 133
The War of 1857 and Its Aftermathp. 137
Oil and Waterp. 140
The Japanese in East Asia: A Non-Western Empire and Nationalist Reactionsp. 146
Acquiring an Empirep. 147
Japanese Policy in Taiwanp. 150
Japanese Encounter with Indigenous Peoplesp. 152
Japan in Koreap. 154
Japan in Manchuria and Chinap. 158
Far Eastern Gamesp. 160
The Sino-Japanese War and the Rape of Nanjingp. 161
Mapping Africa: European Perceptions and African Realitiesp. 165
Impact of the Colonial Encounterp. 168
European Perceptionsp. 171
Christianity in Africap. 173
African Perceptionsp. 173
Christianity and Conquestp. 176
Islam in Africap. 177
Rise of Nationalism and Decolonizationp. 180
Twentieth Century Challengesp. 185
Testing the Limits of Multiculturalism: Immigration into Europe in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuryp. 186
Conflictsp. 189
Law and Sexp. 191
Extremes: Islamophobia and Anti-Semitismp. 194
Non-Muslim Immigrant Experiencesp. 196
Indexp. 200
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