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. It studies the spaces between cultures historically to help us transcend human differences today in a rapidly globalizing world.
The text focuses on first encounters that suggest long-term developments and particularly significant encounters that have changed the direction of world history. 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Cross-Cultural Encounters and Hybrid Culture
A. Encounters in the Age of Exploration
Chapter 1 Power and Unpredictability, Conquistadors, and Native Peoples: Conquest of the Americas
Chapter 2 Europeans on the Margin: Missionaries and Indigenous Response in East Asia
Chapter 3 Empires of Difference: The Ottoman Model of a Multicultural State
B. Encounters-Middle Ground Successes and Failures
Chapter 4 Cultures in Competition: Native American Encounters with Europeans
Chapter 5 From First Contact to Entanglement: Polynesian Encounters with Euro-Americans
Chapter 6 On the Frontiers of Central Asia: Russia, China and Steppe Empires in Eurasia
D. Imperialism and Nationalism in the Modern World
Chapter 7 The Raj Undone: British Imperialism and the Rise of Indian Nationalism
Chapter 8 The Japanese in East Asia: A Non-Western Empire and Nationalist Reactions
Chapter 9 Mapping Africa: European Perceptions and African Realities
E. Twentieth Century Challenges
Chapter 10 Testing the Limits of Multiculturalism: Immigration into Europe in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century
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