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Cross-Cultural Encounters in Modern World History

By Jon Thares Davidann, Marc Jason Gilbert

Published by Routledge

Published Date: Mar 2, 2012

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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

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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