List of Illustrations Preface List of Abbreviations Chronological Table 1. Introduction The Question about The Others Ethnic Theories and Ancient History Choice of Subjects About the Comparative Study of History Structure, Scope, and Sources 2. In Search of Cultural Identity Geography Language Looking for Foreigners 3. Representations Designations of Self and Others Textual and Graphic Evidence 4. Relations and Attitudes Enemies Demons Friends and Allies From Apprehension to Appreciation 5. Foreigners Within Social Positions Foreign Goods and Languages 6. The Transformation of the Barbarians To Assimilate or Not to Assimilate Between Ideology and Reality 7. Conclusion The Illusive Others Official Ideology and Private Sentiments The Comparative Gaze The Problem of Great Civilizations Notes Bibliography Index
Mu-chou Poo is Professor and Research Fellow in the Institute of History and Philology at Academia Sinica in Taiwan. He is the author of several books, including In Search of Personal Welfare: A View of Ancient Chinese Religion, also published by SUNY Press.