Europe Through the Prism of Japan: Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries

Europe Through the Prism of Japan: Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries

By: Jacques Proust (author), Elizabeth Bell (translator)Hardback

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This work analyzes the image Europe presented to Japan, deliberately or otherwise, from the mid-16th century to the end of the 18th century. It covers developments in Japanese culture and civilization during 300 years of interaction between Japanese and Europeans, including Dutch merchants, Spanish Catholic missionaries, and German and Portuguese Jesuits. The author examines not only Europeans' influence on Japan but also the unique Japanese interpretation of European culture. This perspective offers a prism through which Europe may be viewed and frequently sheds light on facets of European civilization of which not even the Europeans, at the time, were aware. The text covers topics such as art history, theology, philosophy, political and social history, and even the history of medicine.

About Author

Jacques Proust is professor at the University of Montpellier III. He formerly served as director at the Center for Eighteenth Century Studies of Montpellier, which he founded in 1968.

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  • ISBN13: 9780268027612
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 276
  • ID: 9780268027612
  • ISBN10: 0268027617
  • translations: French

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