A Cape of Asia: Essays on European History (AUP - Leiden by H. L. Wesseling

By H. L. Wesseling

A Cape of Asia collects eighteen essays by means of H. L. Wesseling, an the world over well known historian. A wide-ranging learn of an array of topics, this quantity is split into 3 sections: “Europe’s Identity,” a mirrored image at the shift from Eurocentrism to Americanization and Europe’s recognition of Asian countries as new key performs within the international economic system; “The Wider View,” a historic eu point of view on globalization, migration, and decolonization; and at last “European principles approximately schooling, technology, and Art.” either own and highbrow, Wesseling’s essays contain an incisive examine the interbellum years and a comparability of strength constructions in Europe and Asia.

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