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War, as a point of intersection of Asia in Western history, does not find explicit treatment in any of our essays, but in fact it is implicit in them all. Herodotus, as Van De Mieroop points out, made a sharp distinction between Asia and Europe, and this was based partly at least on his perception of the Persian attack on the Greeks. In the nineteenth century, this was transformed into the opposition of the Asian spirit of despotism with the European love of freedom. This view surfaces very strongly in writers discussed by Gordon and Goldman.

2 This would surely be one useful way to conclude a course in Western history that had attempted to mark its points of intersection with the civilizations of Asia. NOTE 1. G. , The First Voyage of Vasco da Gama (London: Hakluyt Society Publications, Old Series, No. 99, 1898), pp. 113-14 2. See M. Young, in this volume, p. 195. Page 7 THE SHAPE OF THE WORLD: EURASIA Rhoads Murphey Our purpose here is to enrich the student's understanding of Western civilization by pointing out its interconnections with Asia throughout history.

THE HIGH MIDDLE AGES Islam was important as a conduit of classical Mediterranean cultureparticularly Aristotelian thoughtas well as of technical innovations from South and East Asia to Europe. Dante's Infernowhichplaces Avicenna and Averroes in the First Circle but consigns Mohammed and Ali to horrible punishments belowis illustrative of the ambivalent Western attitude. THE CRISIS OF THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY Although not chronologically accurate, the Mongols and Marco Polo seem so peripheral to the High Middle Ages that treatment might be deferred to the fourteenth centurywhen the spread of Marco Polo's "tall tales" and the diffusion of East Asian discoveries (notably gunpowder) throughout Europe began to have an impact.

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