Enemies of Civilization: Attitudes toward Foreigners in Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and China (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture)

By Mu-Chou Poo

Looks at how foreigners have been looked in 3 old civilizations, discovering that cultural, no longer biophysical, changes have been key in distinguishing "us" from "them."

Enemies of Civilization is a piece of comparative heritage and cultural realization that discusses how “others” have been perceived in 3 historical civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, and China. each one civilization was once the dominant tradition in its a part of the realm, and every built a frame of mind that seemed itself as culturally more desirable to its buddies. Mu-chou Poo compares those societies’ attitudes towards different cultures and reveals alterations and similarities that show the self-perceptions of every society.

Notably, this paintings exhibits that during distinction to trendy racism in response to biophysical gains, such prejudice didn't exist in those historical societies. It was once tradition instead of biophysical nature that used to be an important criterion for distinguishing us from them. by way of studying how societies conceive their prejudices, this e-book breaks new floor within the examine of historical background and opens new how one can examine human society, either old and modern.

Mu-chou Poo is Professor and learn Fellow within the Institute of historical past 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 by means of SUNY Press.

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