By Eric J. Hobsbawm, Victor Kiernan, John Trumpbour
Author note: ahead through John Trumpbour, Tribute to Victor Kiernan by way of Eric J. Hobsbawm
When ecu explorers went out into the realm to open up exchange routes and identify colonies, they introduced again even more than silks and spices, cotton and tea. unavoidably, they got here into touch with the peoples of different elements of the realm and shaped perspectives of them sometimes admiring, extra frequently adversarial or contemptuous.
Using a gorgeous array of sources—missionaries' memoirs, the letters of diplomats' better halves, explorers' diaries and the paintings of writers as assorted as Voltaire, Thackeray, Oliver Goldsmith and, in fact, Kipling—Victor Kiernan teases out the whole variety of eu attitudes to different peoples. Erudite, ironic and worldwide in its scope, The Lords of Human Kind has been an incredible impact on a iteration of historians and cultural critics and is a landmark within the background of Eurocentrism.
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Queen Elizabeth's contemporary Akbar, greatest of Mogul emperors, was eager to meet envoys or Italian ml:SSl()nalneS, ideas. He was at head of an empire strong command respect, still expanding, and as a result self-confident, and interested in other people's religions and artillery. In Japan too, where Europeans - Portuguese, then Dutch and English had been coming since 1542, Iyeyasu who in I603 founded the new Tokugawa dynasty of Shoguns, or feudal overlords, had the same kind of omnivorous interest.
200 ff. Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore. A History of the Transportation of Convicts to Australia, 1787–1868 (1987). K. edn, 1980), p. 130. On the expropriation of Maoris from their lands, see Dick Scott, Ask That Mountain: The Story of Parihaka (Auckland, 1975). Osbert Sitwell, The Four Continents (1955), p. 52. D. Tripathi, 14 February 1969. Guardian, 11 November 1987. M. Thackeray, Sketches and Travels in London (1844–50: Gloucester edn, 1989), pp. 161 ff. Cabinet Papers, CAB 24/39, January 1918.
Union and mutual criticism may offer a kind of remedy. On the political side, constant harping on ‘democracy’, as a virtue not to be found in the USSR, has invested the word with a degree of reality. Spain and Portugal were obliged to abjure fascism in order to win admission to the European Union, as xxx Preface an unregenerate Turkey is trying to do. Eire has benefited from membership by being jerked forward some distance out of its clerical-conservative bog. England, so long accustomed to accuse others of backwardness, may benefit likewise, if it can close its ears to the siren songs of pseudo-patriots.
The Lords of Human Kind: European Attitudes to Other Cultures in the Imperial Age (3rd Edition) by Eric J. Hobsbawm, Victor Kiernan, John Trumpbour