Unravelling Civilisation

European Travel and Travel Writing

Author: Hagen Schulz-Forberg

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 343

View: 969

This volume is a collection of contributions about the history and practice of travel and travel writing from a variety of academic disciplines including anthropology, history, linguistics and literary criticism. It brings together scholars from over ten different countries and reflects on what travel is and how travel writings function. It traces the history of travel and travel writing and the notion or idea of a European civilisation that permeates performances and perceptions. The notion of Europe appears as a set of quality standards as well as guidelines for experiences against which civilisations are measured. This set of standards and guidelines, however, is far from stable. It is a floating foundation carrying different versions of Europe throughout time. The authors tackle the problem from different angles: travels from Europe across the seven oceans transported the idea of European civilisation just as travels to Europe or within Europe. The volume explores the different meanings attached to the term 'Europe' and 'civilisation' throughout history and shows how different political or cultural contexts affect the notion of what Europe is or should be.

Capitalism As Civilisation

A History of International Law

Author: Ntina Tzouvala

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN:

Category: Law

Page: 230

View: 722

Using the theoretical tools drawn from historical materialism and deconstruction, Tzouvala offers a comprehensive history of the standard of civilisation.

Trade and Civilisation in the Indian Ocean

An Economic History from the Rise of Islam to 1750

Author: K. N. Chaudhuri

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 269

View: 388

Before the age of Industrial Revolution, the great Asian civilisations - whether located in the Middle East, India, South-East Asia, or the Far East - constituted areas not only of high culture but also of advanced economic development. They were the First World of human societies. This book examines one of the driving forces of that historical period: the long chain of oceanic trade which stretched from the South China Sea to the eastern Mediterranean, passing through a series of rich urban emporia. It also looks at the natural complement of the seaborne commerce, its counterpart in the caravan trade. In analytical terms, the book emphasises the methods of multi-dimensional history by highlighting the intricate relationship between space, time and structure. Its main achievement is to show how socially determined demand derived from cultural habits and interpretations operated through the medium of market forces and relative prices. It points out, for the first time, the unique and limiting features of Asian commercial capitalism, and shows how the contribution of Asian merchants was valued universally, in reality if not legally and formally. Professor Chaudhuri's book, based on more than twenty years' research and reflection on pre-modern trade and civilisations, is a landmark in the analysis and interpretation of Asia's historical position and development.

Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 3, Mathematics and the Sciences of the Heavens and the Earth

Author: Joseph Needham

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 877

View: 809

After two volumes mainly introductory, Dr Needham now embarks upon his systematic study of the development of the natural sciences in China. The Sciences of the Earth follow: geography and cartography, geology, seismology and mineralogy. Dr Needham distinguishes parallel traditions of scientific cartography and religious cosmography in East and West, discussing orbocentric wheel-maps, the origins of the rectangular grid system, sailing charts and relief maps, Chinese survey methods, and the impact of Renaissance cartography on the East. Finally-and here Dr Needham's work has no Western predecessors-there are full accounts of the Chinese contribution to geology and mineralogy.

Civilisation Recast

Theoretical and Historical Perspectives

Author: Stephen Feuchtwang

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 254

Shows what humanity has borrowed and shared as a common heritage.

Civilisation

Author: Kenneth Clark

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN:

Category: Art

Page: 272

View: 927

Kenneth Clark's sweeping narrative looks at how Western Europe evolved in the wake of the collapse of the Roman Empire, to produce the ideas, books, buildings, works of art and great individuals that make up our civilisation. The author takes us from Iona in the ninth century to France in the twelfth, from Florence to Urbino, from Germany to Rome, England, Holland and America. Against these historical backgrounds he sketches an extraordinary cast of characters -- the men and women who gave new energy to civilisation and expanded our understanding of the world and of ourselves. He also highlights the works of genius they produced -- in architecture, sculpture and painting, in philosophy, poetry and music, and in science and engineering, from Raphael's School of Athens to the bridges of Brunel.

The Great War for Civilisation

The Conquest of the Middle East

Author: Robert Fisk

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 1111

View: 814

A journalist in the Middle East for more than thirty years brings his intimate knowledge of the region to address the recent historical and political events in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Algeria, Israel, and Lebanon. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

Foundations of an African Civilisation

Aksum and the Northern Horn, 1000 BC - AD 1300

Author: David W. Phillipson

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 293

View: 384

A single coherent narrative of Aksumite civilisation revealing the roots of medieval Christian Ethiopia.

The New Civilisation

Author: Vladimir Megre

Publisher: Ringing Cedars Press LLC

ISBN:

Category: Nature

Page: 238

View: 300

Over 10 million copies sold in 20 language

Australian Civilisation

Author: Richard Nile

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

View: 903

Australian civilisation is described in this book with subtlety and irony as a 'wildly problematic, discursive and sometimes cranky thing. It can be a sensitive thing. It can still be chauvinistic'. The book brings together leading intellectuals who discuss the various dynamics ofcivilisation in the Australian context. They debate openly and honestly the strengths and weaknesses of Australian civilisation. The contributors each narrate Australian civilisation from monographic viewpoints. By considering Aboriginality, Henry Reynolds and John Barnes produce 'History' and'Legend'. By analysing Australia's cultural and demographic diversity Bruce Bennett, James Jupp and Laksiri Jayasuriya produce 'Myth', 'Identity' and 'Citizens'. Sexuality and political discourse surrounding issues of gender result in 'Homosexuality' by Dennis Altman and 'Women' by MargaretReynolds. Political culture brings forth 'Politicians' by Sol Encel and 'Intellectuals' by James Walter. The production, reproduction, dissemination and reception of culture produces 'Cringers', 'Strutters', and 'Culture' from Elaine Thompson, Chris Wallace-Crabbe and Andrew Milner. Together thesemonographic views narrate the central concerns of this volume. The production of a master narrative is resisted. But it is equally obvious that in the diversity of approaches - the pluralism of the monographic views - there are recurring important themes. This timely book is concerned with thetremendous changes that have overtaken Australia in the second half of this century. It demonstrates that many time-honoured beliefs have been broken up, but argues that this intensely creative period has seen Australia transformed from a provincial inward-looking society with blinkered conceptionsof history and self-importance to one of the world's oldest and most successful liberal plural democracies.

About Time

A History of Civilisation in Twelve Clocks

Author: David Rooney

Publisher: Viking

ISBN:

Category: Civilization

Page: 336

View: 102

Unravelling Civilisation

European Travel and Travel Writing

Author: Hagen Schulz-Forberg

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Travel writing

Page: 343

View: 295

This volume is a collection of contributions about the history and practice of travel and travel writing from a variety of academic disciplines including anthropology, history, linguistics and literary criticism. It brings together scholars from over ten different countries and reflects on what travel is and how travel writings function. It traces the history of travel and travel writing and the notion or idea of a European civilisation that permeates performances and perceptions. The notion of Europe appears as a set of quality standards as well as guidelines for experiences against which civilisations are measured. This set of standards and guidelines, however, is far from stable. It is a floating foundation carrying different versions of Europe throughout time. The authors tackle the problem from different angles: travels from Europe across the seven oceans transported the idea of European civilisation just as travels to Europe or within Europe. The volume explores the different meanings attached to the term 'Europe' and 'civilisation' throughout history and shows how different political or cultural contexts affect the notion of what Europe is or should be.

History of Hindu Civilisation

As Illustrated in the Vedas and Their Appendages

Author: Ramachandra Ghosha

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Hindu civilization

Page: 223

View: 900

Science in Islamic Civilisation

Proceedings of the International Symposia: "Science Institutions in Islamic Civilisation", & "Science and Technology in the Turkish and Islamic World"

Author: Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Islam and science

Page: 289

View: 830

Chemistry, Life and Civilisation

A Popular Account of Modern Advances in Chemistry

Author: Hubert Thomas Stanley Britton

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Biochemistry

Page: 248

View: 231