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Somebody Else's Century East and West in a Post-Western World

ISBN-10: 0375425500

ISBN-13: 9780375425509

Edition: 2010

Authors: Patrick Smith

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From one of the foremost experts on Asia and its history: a brilliant dissection of the relationship between East and West in the modern era. In three succinct essays, Patrick Smith chronicles the Eastrs"s long-standing efforts to adopt all that the West considers modern. He underscores a crucial distinction between modernization-the simple emulation of the West-and the actual challenge of becoming modern. He examines the strategies that three prominent cultures-those of Japan, China, and India-have evolved for importing aspects of foreign cultures while preserving the core of their own traditions. He explores the often-troubled relationship Asia has had with its own history as a result of its encounters with the West. And he investigates Asiars"s twenty-first century attempt-for the first time in modern history-to define itself without reference to the West. Smith foresees a new balance in the East-West dialogue-where old ideals of nationhood (another Western import) are transcended, and where the East will challenge the West just as it was once challenged by the West. A work of rare and penetrating insight, understanding, and intelligence on a subject of increasing importance.
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/31/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English