Expanding Empires: Cultural Interaction and Exchange in World Societies from Ancient to Early Modern Times

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - Social Science - 243 pages
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This new volume examines the processes of cultural exchange as they occurred in 'empire building, ' looking at Early Mesopotamia, Africa, Greece, Japan, India, the Arab world, and empires in other parts of the globe. The articles draw upon a variety of disciplines from the social sciences and the humanities, a feature not often found in other readers. Unlike other books on world civilizations, this text strives to develop a consistent theme as it focuses on the manner in which imperial authority and cultural interaction worked through different bureaucracies in various empires. The articles also help students understand the cross-cultural interactions and historical events that have laid the foundation for our modern global society.

This book also contains useful maps and supplements consisting of images to assist students in visualizing and understanding the textual material. This new text is ideal for courses in world history prior to 1650.

 

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Contents

The Land of Assur and the Yoke of Assur
1
The First Colonial Empire
13
Hegemonic Images and Empire
31
Alexander and the Successor Kingdoms
35
Hellenism in Seleucid Babylonia
47
Indias First Imperial Unification
61
Cultural Integrity and Change
69
Rome and the German Kings on the Danube
73
Chinas Northern Frontier during the Tang Dynasty
143
Boundaries and Barriers
157
The Creation of the Imperial State System
159
Cultural Attrition and Imperial Expansion
173
Mongol Imperial Government after Činggis Qan
177
Asian Rituals of Rule
187
Russia and the Mongols
197
The Cultural Marketplace
209

Integration and Social Reproduction
87
Family Property and the Law
97
Islam in West Africa
103
Muslims and Christians in Spain
115
Four Faces of Islam
129
Nomads and Han China
133
Aztecs and the Valley of Mexico
211
Andean Peoples and the Spanish Empire
225
Civic Order Status and Legitimacy
237
Suggested Readings
241
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Wendy F. Kasinec teaches World Civilizations at Loyola University. Michael A. Polushin is assistant professor of Latin American history at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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