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Distant Lands and Diverse Cultures: The French Experience in Asia, 1600-1700

ISBN-13: 978-0313308642
ISBN-10: 0313308640
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"[I]s a worthwhile set of critical essays based around twelve different French travel accounts concerned with Asia (from the Ottoman Empire to China) and produced during the seventeenth century. . . . In many ways the quality of reflection on the Asian world, as embodied in the genre of travel writing, is something the French did managed to contribute to, thereby sowing the seeds for the foundation-rocking relativism of the eighteenth century that acceptance of high cultures in Asia produced. The present book constitutes a useful exploration of this theme." - Itinerario

"[E]ffectively illustrate the tensions of empire and the synergism intrinsic to imperial projects, and demonstrate the seventeenth-century French expansionsism was not simply driven by economic and political motives, but also, carried out in a spirit of wonder and fascination." - Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History

About the Author

Glenn J. Ames is professor of history at the University of Toledo. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota. His books include Colbert, Mercantilism, and the French Quest for Asian Trade (1996) and Renascent Empire?: The House of Braganza and the Quest for Stability in Portuguese Monsoon Asia, ca. 1640-1683 (2000).

Ronald S. Love is associate professor of history at the State University of West Georgia. He is the author of Blood and Religion: The Conscience of Henri IV, 1553-1593 (2001).


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