Description : What actually is creativity? And what contributes to itsconceptualization and development? For decades, these and otherquestions have fascinated researchers, educators, parents andlaypeople alike, and equally so in the East and West. This interestingcollection of articles is an attempt at exploring and answering theabove questions from both the Eastern and Westernperspectives. Readers may find some answers stimulating, and othersbewildering. This is in fact the reality and fascination of
Description : Bringing together cultural, economic and social historians from across Europe and beyond, this volume offers a consideration from a number of perspectives of the principal forces that further integrated the Ottoman Empire and Western Europe during the first century of industrialisation. The essays not only review and analyse the commercial, financial and monetary factors, negative as well as positive, that bore upon the region's initial stages of modern transformation, but also provide a ready introduction to major aspects of the economy and society of the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century. Beginning with two chapters providing the context to the development of Ottoman relations with Western Europe up to the second half of the nineteenth century, the collection then moves on to explore more specific questions of trade links, the impact of improved transportation and communications, the development and changing nature of Ottoman finance and banking, as well as European investment in Turkey. The outcome is a broad ranging consideration of how all these issues played a fundamental role in the final decades of the Ottoman Empire and the emergence of Turkey as a modern state with links to both east and west. The essays in this collection derive from the EABFH colloquium held in the Imperial Mint, Istanbul, in October 1999.
Description : In today's globalized world, are cultural differences still so important in management and negotiations? In this brilliant book Stefano Schembri explains how they strongly influence our behaviors and decisions much more than what we think, emphasizing the opposing mindset of two glorious civilizations: the Eastern (or Confucian) and the Western. Referring to some of the most influential thinkers of the past, such as Confucius, Lao Tzu and Buddha on one side, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Jesus Christ on the other, and retracing sociological experiments conducted in the last decades, the book illustrates how contemporary Easterners and Westerners have opposed ways of approaching others and taking decisions, driven by divergent goals.
Description : The teacher-training profession is searching for new ideas to prepare the next generation of teachers who can successfully educate 21st century students. At the same time, there is an increase in foreign-born professors, with one of the most significant groups originating from China. East Meets West in Teacher Preparation gives voice to teacher educators from Chinese backgrounds who are now teaching in America's colleges. With this unique book, the field can learn about Chinese educational thinking and practices directly from educators who have personal and professional knowledge of both the United States and Chinese systems. Readers will come to understand how these bilingual educators view and speak about their lived experiences and perspectives across the Pacific shores; how they reflect on and articulate the similarities and differences between educational systems in the United States and China; what strategies they use to navigate through complex sociocultural boundaries; as well as what possibilities exist for the two systems to learn from each other. This important book will help educators prepare for the intersection already developing between Chinese and American teaching approaches and practices.
Description : The waning years of the Russian Empire witnessed the development of a rich tradition of trumpet playing. Noted trumpet scholar and performer Edward Tarr's latest book illuminates this tradition, which is little known in the West. Tarr's extensive research in hitherto inaccessible Russian archives has uncovered many documents that illuminate the careers of noted performers. These documents are reproduced here for the first time. A concise chronological summary of Russian political and musical developments provides an effective backdrop for this inventory of trumpeters. The author ably demonstrates how profoundly Russian trumpet-playing and pedagogy were influenced by emigrées, particularly from Germany (Wilhelm Wurm, Willy Brandt, Oskar Böhme), and how Russian-born trumpeters like Vladimir Drucker subsequently influenced the American musical scene. In his Lexicon of Trumpeters, both Russian and 'Foreign, ' Active in Russia, Tarr supplements his own research with information from valuable but obscure secondary sources in Russian. This lexicon carries the story into the late twentieth century, and includes modern legendary figures such as Timofey Dokshizer. Members of the International Trumpet Guild will receive a discount of 15% on purchases of this title.
Description : This new volume explores the surprisingly intense and complex relationships between East and West during the Middle Ages and the early modern world, combining a large number of critical studies representing such diverse fields as literary (German, French, Italian, English, Spanish, and Arabic) and other subdisciplines of history, religion, anthropology, and linguistics. The differences between Islam and Christianity erected strong barriers separating two global cultures, but, as this volume indicates, despite many attempts to 'Other' the opposing side, the premodern world experienced an astonishing degree of contacts, meetings, exchanges, and influences. Scientists, travelers, authors, medical researchers, chroniclers, diplomats, and merchants criss-crossed the East and the West, or studied the sources produced by the other culture for many different reasons. As much as the theoretical concept of 'Orientalism' has been useful in sensitizing us to the fundamental tensions and conflicts separating both worlds at least since the eighteenth century, the premodern world did not quite yet operate in such an ideological framework. Even though the Crusades had violently pitted Christians against Muslims, there were countless contacts and a palpitable curiosity on both sides both before, during, and after those religious warfares.
Description : While foodies may flock to Vancouver for dumplings and dim sum, they leave having discovered a wealth of world-class Asian dishes, from sushi to sambar, bánh mì to bubble tea. East Meets West celebrates the distinctive dishes from the best of the city's Asian restaurants. Almost one in five of Vancouver's two million residents is ethnically Chinese, as well as many Taiwanese, Japanese, Koreans, Malaysians, Filipinos, Thai, Vietnamese and Indians whose cooking has influenced the local cuisine. This book compiles signature recipes from the city’s best Asian restaurants, showcasing both traditional Asian foods made with Pacific Northwest ingredients and modern classics inspired by Asian flavors and techniques but designed for contemporary diners. A guide to preparing and serving Asian food plus an explanation of specialty ingredients. An overall introduction traces the roots of Asian food in Vancouver, and sidebars describe the hidden gems in the region's distinct culinary neighbourhoods, from Coquitlam's Little Korea to Richmond's Chinatown to Surrey's Little India. Illustrated throughout, this celebration of Asian food presents world-class, flavorful dishes for the home cook.