Asia In The Making Of Europe, Volume I: The Century of Discovery. Book 1.

by Donald F. Lach

University of Chicago Press | April 16, 1994 | Trade Paperback

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Praised for its scope and depth, Asia in the Making of Europe is the first comprehensive study of Asian influences on Western culture. For volumes I and II, the author has sifted through virtually every European reference to Asia published in the sixteenth-century; he surveys a vast array of writings describing Asian life and society, the images of Asia that emerge from those writings, and, in turn, the reflections of those images in European literature and art. This monumental achievement reveals profound and pervasive influences of Asian societies on developing Western culture; in doing so, it provides a perspective necessary for a balanced view of world history.

Volume I: The Century of Discovery brings together "everything that a European could know of India, Southeast Asia, China, and Japan, from printed books, missionary reports, traders'' accounts and maps" (The New York Review of Books). Volume II: A Century of Wonder examines the influence of that vast new body of information about Asia on the arts, institutions, literatures, and ideas of sixteenth-century Europe.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 584 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 in

Published: April 16, 1994

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0226467317

ISBN - 13: 9780226467313

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Asia In The Making Of Europe, Volume I: The Century of Discovery. Book 1.

by Donald F. Lach

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 584 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 in

Published: April 16, 1994

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0226467317

ISBN - 13: 9780226467313

Table of Contents

Book One Part I - Heritage Introduction 1. Antiquity and the Middle Ages 1. India in the Greek Tradition (600-100 B.C.) 2. The Expanding Horizons of the Graeco-Roman World (26 B.C.-A.D. 300) 3. The Medieval View of Asia (300-1300) 4. The Revelation of Cathay (1240-1350) 2. The Renaissance before the Great Discoveries 1. Trade, Exploration, and Diplomacy 2. Travel Accounts of India 3. Cartography and Geography 4. Fine Arts 5. Literature 6. Technology and Invention 7. Summary Part II - New Channels of Information Introduction 3. The Spice Trade 1. The First Voyage of Vasco da Gama 2. The Beginnings of Trade between Portugal and India, 1499-1503 3. The Reorientation of Commerce in Europe, 1500-1515 4. The Conflict over the Moluccas 5. The Conduct of Trade at Lisbon and Antwerp, 1509-48 6. The Revival of Eastern Mediterranean Trade, 1548-70 7. The New Era of Contract Trade, 1570-98 Appendix. Pepper Prices in the Sixteenth Century 4. The Printed Word 1. Portugal''s Control of Information 2. Circulation in Europe of the First Reports, 1500-1520 3. The Widening Circle, 1521-50 4. The Iberian Commentators and Linschoten 5. The Great Collections of Travel Literature 6. The Evidence of Maps 5. The Christian Mission 1. The Portuguese "Padroado" (Patronage) of the East 2. The Jesuit Enterprise, 1542-1600 3. The Mission Stations of India 4. The Mission Stations of Further Asia A. Xavier''s Reconnaissance, 1546-52 B. Malacca and the Spiceries C. Mass Conversions and Reform in Japan, 1552-8
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Praised for its scope and depth, Asia in the Making of Europe is the first comprehensive study of Asian influences on Western culture. For volumes I and II, the author has sifted through virtually every European reference to Asia published in the sixteenth-century; he surveys a vast array of writings describing Asian life and society, the images of Asia that emerge from those writings, and, in turn, the reflections of those images in European literature and art. This monumental achievement reveals profound and pervasive influences of Asian societies on developing Western culture; in doing so, it provides a perspective necessary for a balanced view of world history.

Volume I: The Century of Discovery brings together "everything that a European could know of India, Southeast Asia, China, and Japan, from printed books, missionary reports, traders'' accounts and maps" (The New York Review of Books). Volume II: A Century of Wonder examines the influence of that vast new body of information about Asia on the arts, institutions, literatures, and ideas of sixteenth-century Europe.

About the Author

Donald F. Lach is the Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor Emeritus in modern history at the University of Chicago.