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East Asian Study

March 27, 2016 | Author: | Posted in asian studies, history

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7 Sinic World ‘ In the early sixteenth century European explorers set sail to the East of the known world . As it was a part of the globe that had not only great potential but also possessed an abundant source of materials spices , minerals , etc . However this action also introduced , by design or incidental , European civilization . Today these regions make up what is known modern day Korea , China , Japan and Vietnam

There is clear historical evidence that Chinese culture had a significant influence in the region . Evidence is apparent through [banner_entry_middle]

br existing common factors , such as Buddhism , even though religious practices and beliefs vary greatly from region to region . Other commonalities observed in Sinic World are : administrative systems languages , region , etc . The Chinese language appears to be the foundation upon which related countries based their own languages on The term Sinic World ‘ is defined as idiom that was devised by Samuel Huntington in defense of his theory about The Clash of Civilization This began in earnest around the beginning of the sixteenth century about the time when Europeans started traveling to Eastern Asia . Over time , theories of the Sinic World , has fostered widespread controversy

This period was popularized by Samuel Huntington in his books , The Clash of Civilization , Ethnicity addressing religion , language , etc . In Huntington ‘s postulate , all of these form part of what is know to us as the civilized world ‘ With this foundation as the corner stone of his belief , Huntington divided the world into specific regions , one of which being the Sinic Civilization , otherwise known as the Sinic World Huntington assumes the position that , the constant spread of modern first world ‘ beliefs , values and political systems are naive and that it antagonizes other civilizations (wikipedia , 2006 (Huntington 1996 He believes that the East Asian Sinic countries are starting to assert themselves culturally , due to their ever-increasing economy . Hence the Chinese goal to uphold and maintain itself as an influential power in the region , with the hope that other surrounding countries would join them in agreement rather than opposing China . Therefore it is believed that the rise of China poses a great threat to the European and the modernized first world Another theorist , Edward Friedman believes that since World War Two Japan has been run by a pro-business party and has not been transferred to an honorable opponent . Democracy as defined to us in the European and other modernized democratic countries are such that defines Japan as a non-democratic country , however it is governed by a conservative consensus (FRIEDMAN , 1994 , 19 The 17th century was considered a period of immense change in Eastern Asia which also resulted in the exchange of products , people and European ideas . Most of the references we have to this era come from seafarers , employees of the VOC (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie – in English meaning Dutch East Indian Company , merchants , explorers and adventurers . Unfortunately they did not only spread ideas and their people , but the Europeans also brought a variety of weapons into the regions making… [banner_entry_footer]


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