First Globalization presents an original and sweeping conceptualization of the grand cultural-civilizational encounter between Asia and Europe. With his 'metageography' of the vast Eurasian zone, Gunn shows how between 1500 and 1800, a lively two-way flow in ideas, philosophies, and cultural products brought competing civilizations into serious dialogue and mostly peaceful exchange. Ranging from discussions of the natural world, livelihoods, and religious and intellectual encounters to language, play, crime and punishment, gender, and governance, this book replays the themes of enduring hybridity and 'creolization' of cultures.
Geoffrey C. Gunn is professor of international relations at/in the Faculty of Economics, Nagasaki University.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Glossary Chapter 3 List of Illustrations Chapter 4 Introduction Part 5 The Discovery Canon Part 6 Historical Confabulators and Literary Geographers Part 7 Observations on Nature Part 8 Catholic Cosmologies Part 9 Mapping Eurasia Part 10 Enlightenment Views of Asian Governance Part 11 Civilizational Encounters Part 12 Livelihoods Part 13 Language, Power and Hegemony in European Oriental Studies Part 14 A Theory of Global Culturalization Chapter 15 Conclusion