A Cape of Asia

Essays on European History

H. L. Wesseling

H. L. Wesseling

Distributed for Leiden University Press

176 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2011
Paper $32.75 ISBN: 9789087281281 Published August 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

A Cape of Asia collects eighteen essays by H. L. Wesseling, an internationally renowned historian. A wide-ranging study of an array of subjects, this volume is divided into three sections: “Europe’s Identity,” a reflection on the shift from Eurocentrism to Americanization and Europe’s acceptance of Asian nations as new key plays in the global economy; “The Wider View,” a historical European perspective on globalization, migration, and decolonization; and finally “European Ideas about Education, Science, and Art.” Both personal and intellectual, Wesseling’s essays include an incisive look at the interbellum years and a comparison of power structures in Europe and Asia.

Contents
Preface and Introduction

Europe and the Wider World
    Globalization: A Historical Perspective
    Rich and Poor: Early and Later
    The Expansion of Europe and the Development of Science and Technology
    Imperialism
    Changing Views on Empire and Imperialism
    Some Reflections on the History of the Partition of Africa, 1880–1914
    Imperialism and the Roots of the Great War
    Migration and Decolonization: the Case of The Netherlands
European Identities
    What is Europe?
    Realism and Utopianism
    France, Germany, and Europe
    The American Century in Europe
    Eurocentrism
    A Peace Loving Nation
European Civilization
    European Ideas about Education, Science and Art
    History: Science or Art?
    Two Fin de Siècles
    Johan Huizinga and the Spirit of the Nineteen Thirties

Notes
Acknowledgements
About the Author
Index of names
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