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5.0 out of 5 stars Transforms the way we look at cross-cultural exchanges
Global Interests provides fresh insights into the emergence of the Renaissance in western Europe while offering a set of extremely useful conceptual innovations on how to think about cross-cultural interactions more generally. By refusing monolithic cultural divides and attending to particular and hitherto under-investigated local and regional exchanges, the authors argue...
Published on 17 Oct 2000

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The book is interesting because it takes details in art to explain western-eastern influences. The read is a bit slow and dull but interesting. I would recommend it more as a research book and as a fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transforms the way we look at cross-cultural exchanges, 17 Oct 2000
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Global Interests provides fresh insights into the emergence of the Renaissance in western Europe while offering a set of extremely useful conceptual innovations on how to think about cross-cultural interactions more generally. By refusing monolithic cultural divides and attending to particular and hitherto under-investigated local and regional exchanges, the authors argue for a genealogy of the Renaissance in the west that is as indebted to cross-pollination with the Ottoman world as the rediscovery of the philosophical and aesthetic production of classical Greece and Rome. This is a significant historiographical innovation and moves the problems of Orientalism into the heart of western culture rather than staging the phenomena as something that can only be investigated in the study of the Orient.
Written with enviable flair and clarity and magnificently illustrated, this book should appeal to scholars of the European Renaissance, colonial and postcolonial studies and new historicism as well as a general audience interested in the history of Europe's aesthetic achievements and the place of culture in our lives and identities.
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The book is interesting because it takes details in art to explain western-eastern influences. The read is a bit slow and dull but interesting. I would recommend it more as a research book and as a fun read.
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