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on 17 October 2000
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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