Old World Encounters: Cross-Cultural Contacts and Exchanges in Pre-Modern Times

Paperback | December 1, 1985

byJerry H. Bentley

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This innovative book examines cross-cultural encounters before 1492, focusing in particular on the major cross-cultural influences that transformed Asia and Europe during this period: the ancient silk roads that linked China with the Roman Empire, the spread of the world religions, and theMongol Empire of the thirteenth century. The author's goal throughout the work is to examine the conditions--political, social, economic, or cultural--that enable one culture to influence, mix with, or suppress another. On the basis of its global analysis, the book identifies several distinctivepattern of conversion, conflict, and compromise that emerged from cross-cultural encounters. In doing so, it elucidates that larger historical context of encounters between Europeans and other peoples in modern times. _Old World Encounters_ is ideal for students of world geography, religion, andcivilizations.

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The author examines the dynamics that brought populations in contact with each other, and he identifies distinctive patterns of conversion, conflict, and compromise that emerged from crosscultural encounters.

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This innovative book examines cross-cultural encounters before 1492, focusing in particular on the major cross-cultural influences that transformed Asia and Europe during this period: the ancient silk roads that linked China with the Roman Empire, the spread of the world religions, and theMongol Empire of the thirteenth century. The a...

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The author examines the dynamics that brought populations in contact with each other, and he identifies distinctive patterns of conversion, conflict, and compromise that emerged from crosscultural encounters.

Jerry H. Bentley is at University of Hawaii.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.71 inPublished:December 1, 1985Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195076400

ISBN - 13:9780195076400

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Table of Contents

List of Maps1. Cross-Cultural Contacts and Exchanges2. The Era of the Ancient Silk Roads3. Missionaries, Pilgrims, and the Spread of the World Religions4. The Age of the Nomadic Empires5. Toward a New World OrderBibliographyIndex

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The author examines the dynamics that brought populations in contact with each other, and he identifies distinctive patterns of conversion, conflict, and compromise that emerged from crosscultural encounters.

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"Eloquently shows trade and religion as the binding forces among Eurasian civilizations in the pre-1500 era. The book is a fine supplement in our world civilization program."--Steven F. Sage, Middle Tennessee State University