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ERIC Number: EJ984421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
Monsoon Asia
Williams, Philip F.
Academic Questions, v25 n1 p114-124 Mar 2012
Great Books programs and Western civilization courses have understandably emphasized the Greco-Roman and Hebraic origins of Western civilization, while moving on to a European focus, with some material relating to the Western Hemisphere usually brought in for good measure. After all, people have the ancient Greeks to thank for such landmark inventions as democratic thought and Euclidean geometry, while the ancient Romans have inspired much of law and architecture. Yet people have done this in a context in which they rely every day upon the decimal system in mathematics that was first developed in India and a paper and printing technology invented in China. This article suggests how the two leading civilizations in Monsoon Asia--India and China--may be smoothly incorporated into a Great Books or world civilization program, and moves on to propose how a two-semester course on Chinese civilization might be optimally organized. (Contains 13 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Asia; China; India