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Introduction Chapter 1 - Two tranquil worlds Chapter 2 - Openness to the world Chapter 3 - Because the world is round Chapter 4 - A leap into the unknown? Chapter 5 - Books and letters from the other end of the world Chapter 6 - Embassy or conquest? Chapter 7 - The clash of civilizations Chapter 8 - Naming the other Chapter 9 - A story of cannon Chapter 10 - Opacity or transparency? Chapter 11 - The greatest cities in the world Chapter 12 - The Hour of the crime Chapter 13 - The Place of the Whites Chapter 14 - To everyone their own post-war Chapter 15 - The secrets of the South Sea Chapter 16 - China on the horizon Chapter 17 - When China awakes Conclusion - Towards a global history of the Renaissance Notes Bibliography
Serge Gruzinski is Director of Research at the CentreNational de la Recherche Scientifique and Director of Studies atthe Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales inParis.
Serge Gruzinski has made a brilliant contribution to the new genreof connected history in this study, which contraststhe successful conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards with the failureof Portuguese attempts to colonize China. Peter Burke