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What China and India Once Were: The Pasts…
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What China and India Once Were: The Pasts That May Shape the Global Future (utgåvan 2018)

av Sheldon Pollock (Redaktör), Benjamin Elman (Redaktör)

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In the early years of the twenty-first century, China and India have emerged as world powers. In many respects, this is a return to the historical norm for both countries. For much of the early modern period, China and India were global leaders in a variety of ways. In this book, prominent scholars seek to understand modern China and India through an unprecedented comparative analysis of their long histories. Using new sources, making new connections, and reexamining old assumptions, noted scholars of China and India pair up in each chapter to tackle major questions by combining their expertise. What China and India Once Were details how these two cultural giants arrived at their present state, considers their commonalities and divergences, assesses what is at stake in their comparison, and, more widely, questions whether European modernity provides useful contrasts. In jointly composed chapters, contributors explore ecology, polity, gender relations, religion, literature, science and technology, and more, to provide the richest comparative account ever offered of China and India before the modern era. What China and India Once Were establishes innovative frameworks for understanding the historical and cultural roots of East and South Asia in global context, drawing on the variety of Asian pasts to offer new ways of thinking about Asian presents.… (mer)
Medlem:Dilip-Kumar
Titel:What China and India Once Were: The Pasts That May Shape the Global Future
Författare:Sheldon Pollock (Redaktör)
Andra författare:Benjamin Elman (Redaktör)
Info:Penguin Random House India Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon 2018 (first published in the USA by Columbia University Press 2018), 384 pages
Samlingar:Finished reading, Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:India, China, culture, civilization, history, art, literature, religion, Buddhism

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A brave effort to describe and analyse the similarities and differences between Chinese and Indian culture and civilization. One approaches this book with great expectations, hoping to understand the cross-cultural linkages and influences, which may help these two huge nations to develop a healthier and more constructive relationship in the modern world. Of course for an Indian reader, the topic of absorbing interest would be the development of Buddhism and Indian philosophy in China and other countries of the Far East and the Himalayan (Tibetan) belt, and one would have hoped for a fuller treatment of the exchange of monks and teachers between the two civilizations, and also of early and recent modern developments of scholarship in these subjects. Because this is a compilation of different authors' papers, it appears somewhat fragmented and unorganized, and it is the differences rather than the joint efforts that tend to come through more prominently. There is also an unfortunate tendency to ascribe deficiencies or dissatisfactions to the bogey of a mental construct, rather than facing up to the physical and historical reality. The job of developing a mutual recognition and respect still remains to be done. ( )
  Dilip-Kumar | Apr 18, 2021 |
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In the early years of the twenty-first century, China and India have emerged as world powers. In many respects, this is a return to the historical norm for both countries. For much of the early modern period, China and India were global leaders in a variety of ways. In this book, prominent scholars seek to understand modern China and India through an unprecedented comparative analysis of their long histories. Using new sources, making new connections, and reexamining old assumptions, noted scholars of China and India pair up in each chapter to tackle major questions by combining their expertise. What China and India Once Were details how these two cultural giants arrived at their present state, considers their commonalities and divergences, assesses what is at stake in their comparison, and, more widely, questions whether European modernity provides useful contrasts. In jointly composed chapters, contributors explore ecology, polity, gender relations, religion, literature, science and technology, and more, to provide the richest comparative account ever offered of China and India before the modern era. What China and India Once Were establishes innovative frameworks for understanding the historical and cultural roots of East and South Asia in global context, drawing on the variety of Asian pasts to offer new ways of thinking about Asian presents.

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