Somebody Elses Century

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Somebody Elses Century

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From one of our foremost experts on Asia and its history comes this brilliant dissection of the relationship between East and West. In three succinct essays, Patrick Smith investigates the Easts endeavor to adopt Western technology and all that we consider modern. He underscores a crucial distinction between modernization (the simple emulation of the West) and the true task of becoming modern. He examines the strategies that three prominent culturesthose of Japan, China, and Indiaevolved as they encountered materialistic foreign cultures and imported ideas while defending their own traditions. The result, Smith explains, has often been called doublinga division of the self wherein Asians are receptive to Western products and ideas but simultaneously reject these same imports to emphasize the validity of the unmodern. Employing an exceptional combination of reflection and reportage, Smith also examines the often troubled relationship Asians have with history as a result of their encounters with the West. Finally, he considers Asias twenty-first-century attempt to define itself without reference to the West for the first time in modern history. The author foresees a new balance in the East-West dialogueone in which the East transcends old ideals of nationhood (another Western import). Smith asserts that there are fundamental lessons in Asias long struggle with the modern: In the twenty-first century, the East will challenge the West just as the West once challenged the East. This is a book of exceptional significance and extraordinary depth.

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From one of our foremost experts on Asia and its history comes this brilliant dissection of the relationship between East and West. In three succinct essays, Patrick Smith investigates the Easts endeavor to adopt Western technology and all that we consider modern. He underscores a crucial distinction between modernization (the simple emulation of the West) and the true task of becoming modern. He examines the strategies that three prominent culturesthose of Japan, China, and Indiaevolved as they encountered materialistic foreign cultures and imported ideas while defending their own traditions. The result, Smith explains, has often been called doublinga division of the self wherein Asians are receptive to Western products and ideas but simultaneously reject these same imports to emphasize the validity of the unmodern. Employing an exceptional combination of reflection and reportage, Smith also examines the often troubled relationship Asians have with history as a result of their encounters with the West. Finally, he considers Asias twenty-first-century attempt to define itself without reference to the West for the first time in modern history. The author foresees a new balance in the East-West dialogueone in which the East transcends old ideals of nationhood (another Western import). Smith asserts that there are fundamental lessons in Asias long struggle with the modern: In the twenty-first century, the East will challenge the West just as the West once challenged the East. This is a book of exceptional significance and extraordinary depth.
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Title Somebody Elses Century Height 216 mm
Patrick Smith Width 140 mm
ISBN-13 9780375425509 Binding HARDCOVER
ISBN-10 #0375425500 Spine Width 22.75 mm
Publisher Pantheon Books Pages 242
Edition 2010 Availability Out Of Stock

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