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    Enemies of Civilization: Attitudes Towards Foreigners in Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt and China (SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) Mu-Chou Poo, Other adaptation by Roger T. Ames

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    Description"Enemies of Civilization is a work of comparative history and cultural consciousness that discusses how "others" were perceived in there ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, and China. Each civilization was the dominant culture in its part of the world, and each developed a mind-set that regarded itself as culturally superior to its neighbors. Mu-chou Poo compares these societies' attitudes toward other cultures and finds differences and similarities that reveal the self-perceptions of each society. Notably, this work shows that in contrast to modern racism bases on biophysical features, such prejudice did not exist in these ancient societies. It was culture rather than biophysical nature that was the most important criterion for distinguishing "us from "them. By examining how societies conceive their prejudices, this book breaks new ground in the study of ancient history and opens new ways to look at human society, both ancient and modern.

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    Enemies of Civilization
    Attitudes Towards Foreigners in Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt and China
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mu-Chou Poo, Other adaptation by Roger T. Ames
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 427
    Width: 168 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 313 g
    ISBN 13: 9780791463642
    ISBN 10: 0791463648

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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 40
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    DC22: 930
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
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    DC22: 327.3009
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    LC classification: DS71 .P89 2005
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    Illustrations note
    34 b/w figs, 2 maps
    State University of New York Press
    Imprint name
    State University of New York Press
    Publication date
    24 February 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Albany, NY