East Asia as a laboratory for early globalization

Gideon Shelach-Lavi*

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When thinking about pre-modern globalization, the rst images that usually come to mind are those of the Roman Empire or of the pre-contact societies in the Americas. In contrast, one of the most enduring images of pre-modern East Asia is of an isolated and stable cultural sphere. This representation originates in the idealized descriptions, found in the Chinese classics, of a self-sucient civilization that has no interest in or need for contacts with societies outside its borders. It was canonized by early Western visitors to the region, who described it as the “unchanging East.”

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781315448992
ISBN (Print)9780415841306
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

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