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In this important new book the renowned historian Serge Gruzinski returns to two episodes in the sixteenth century which mark a de... Lire la suite
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In this important new book the renowned historian Serge Gruzinski returns to two episodes in the sixteenth century which mark a decisive stage in global history and show how China and Mexico experienced the expansion of Europe.
In the early 1520s, Magellan set sail for Asia by the Western route, Cortes seized Mexico and some Portuguese based in Malacca dreamed of colonizing China. The Aztec Eagle was destroyed but the Chinese Dragon held strong and repelled the invaders - after first seizing their cannon. For the first time, people from three continents encountered one other, confronted one other and their lives became entangled. These events were of great interest to contemporaries and many people at the time grasped the magnitude of what was going on around them. The Iberians succeeded in America and failed in China. The New World became inseparable from the Europeans who were to conquer it, while the Celestial Empire became, for a long time to come, an unattainable goal.
Gruzinski explores this encounter between civilizations that were different from one another but that already fascinated contemporaries, and he shows that our world today bears the mark of this distant age. For it was in the sixteenth century that human history began to be played out on a global stage. It was then that connections between different parts of the world began to accelerate, not only between Europe and the Americas but also between Europe and China. This is what is revealed by a global history of the sixteenth century, conceived as another way of reading the Renaissance, less Eurocentric and more in tune with our age.

Serge Gruzinski is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Director of Studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris.

Auteur
Serge Gruzinski is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Director of Studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris.

Contenu
Introduction
Chapter 1 - Two tranquil worlds
Chapter 2 - Openness to the world
Chapter 3 - Because the world is round
Chapter 4 - A leap into the unknown?
Chapter 5 - Books and letters from the other end of the world
Chapter 6 - Embassy or conquest?
Chapter 7 - The clash of civilizations
Chapter 8 - Naming the other
Chapter 9 - A story of cannon
Chapter 10 - Opacity or transparency?
Chapter 11 - The greatest cities in the world
Chapter 12 - The Hour of the crime
Chapter 13 - The Place of the Whites
Chapter 14 - To everyone their own post-war
Chapter 15 - The secrets of the South Sea
Chapter 16 - China on the horizon
Chapter 17 - When China awakes
Conclusion - Towards a global history of the Renaissance
Notes
Bibliography

Informations sur le produit

Titre: The Eagle and the Dragon
Sous-titre: Globalization and European Dreams of Conquest in China and America in the Sixteenth Century
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Code EAN: 9780745681320
ISBN: 978-0-7456-8132-0
Protection contre la copie numérique: Adobe DRM
Format: eBook (pdf)
Editeur: Polity
Genre: Temps modernes jusqu'à 1918
nombre de pages: 320
Parution: 23.12.2014
Année: 2014
Sous-titre: Englisch
Taille de fichier: 2.9 MB