World and the West The European Challenge and the Overseas Response in the Age of Empire

ISBN-10: 0521890543

ISBN-13: 9780521890540

Edition: 2002

Authors: Philip D. Curtin
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Description: Studying the interaction of the societies of Europe and America with others around the world in the past two centuries, this text focuses on the way in which people in Asia, Indian America and Africa have tried to adapt their ways of life to the West.

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List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/25/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 310
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philip de Armond Curtin was educated at Swarthmore College and at Harvard University, from which he received a Ph.D. in history in 1953. That same year he joined the Swarthmore faculty as an instructor and assistant professor. In 1956, he moved on to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he remained for 14 years. During that time he was chair of the Wisconsin University Program in Comparative World History, the Wisconsin African Studies Program, and for five years, Melville J. Herskovits Professor. In 1975, he joined the department of history at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to holding Guggenheim fellowships in 1966 and 1980 and being a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Curtin has taken a leadership role in various organizations, including the African Studies Association, the International Congress of Africanists, and the American Historical Association. He also has gained recognition for his influential books on African history, including The Image of Africa (1964), Africa Remembered (1967), and The Atlantic Slave Trade: A Census (1969). In the latter, he demonstrated that the number of Africans who reached the New World during the centuries of the trans-Atlantic slave trade had been highly exaggerated.

Preface
Conquest
The Pattern of Empire
Technology and Power
The Politics of Imperialism
Culture Change and Imperial Rule
Culture Change in Plural Societies: South Africa and Central Asia
Culture Change in Mexico
Administrative Choices and Their Consequences: Examples from Bengal, Central Asia, Java, and Malaya
Conversion
Christian Missions in East Africa
Varieties of Defensive Modernization
Meiji Japan: Revolutionary Modernization
Ottoman Reactions to the West
Independence and the Liquidation of Empires
Non-European Resistance and the European Withdrawal
Personal and Utopian Responses
The Search for Viable Independence: Indonesia
Paths to Viable Independence: Ghana
Afterword
Index
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