By Mu-Chou Poo
Looks at how foreigners have been looked in 3 historic civilizations, discovering that cultural, now not biophysical, alterations have been key in distinguishing "us" from "them."
Enemies of Civilization is a piece of comparative heritage and cultural recognition that discusses how “others” have been perceived in 3 historic civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, and China. every one civilization was once the dominant tradition in its a part of the realm, and every constructed a frame of mind that appeared itself as culturally stronger to its friends. Mu-chou Poo compares those societies’ attitudes towards different cultures and reveals alterations and similarities that exhibit the self-perceptions of every society.
Notably, this paintings indicates that during distinction to trendy racism in line with biophysical gains, such prejudice didn't exist in those old societies. It used to be tradition instead of biophysical nature that was once an important criterion for distinguishing us from them. via interpreting how societies conceive their prejudices, this booklet breaks new flooring within the research of historic background and opens new how you can examine human society, either historic and modern.
Mu-chou Poo is Professor and examine Fellow within the Institute of heritage and Philology at Academia Sinica in Taiwan. he's the writer of numerous books, together with looking for own Welfare: A View of historical chinese language faith, additionally released through SUNY Press.
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