Civilizations	in	Embrace:	The	Spread	of	Ideas	and	the	Transformation	of	Power;	India	and	Southeast	Asia	in	the	Classical	Age
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Civilizations in Embrace: The Spread of Ideas and the Transformation of Power; India and Southeast Asia in the Classical Age

by Amitav Acharya

This study revisits one of the most extensive examples of the spread of ideas in the history of civilization: the diffusion of Indian religious and political ideas to Southeast Asia before the advent of Islam and European colonialism. Hindu and Buddhist concepts and symbols of kingship and statecraft helped to legitimize Southeast Asian rulers, and transform the political institutions and authority of Southeast Asia. But the process of this diffusion was not accompanied by imperialism, political hegemony, or colonization as conventionally understood. This book investigates different explanations of the spread of Indian ideas offered by scholars, including why and how it occurred and what were its key political and institutional outcomes. It challenges the view that strategic competition is a recurring phenomenon when civilizations encounter each other.

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Preliminary pages
1. Introduction
2. Debating Indian Influence in Southeast Asia
3. "Indianization", "Localization" or "Convergence"?
4. Understanding How and Why Ideas Spread
5. "Hellenization" of the Mediterranean Compared to "Indianization" of Southeast Asia: Two Paradigms of Cultural Diffusion?
6. Final Thoughts
Photo Section
Bibliography
Index

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  • Number of Pages : 88
  • Publisher : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Weight : 340g
  • Product Code : 9789814379731
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

About Author

Amitav Acharya

Amitav Acharya is the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C.