Oriental Despotism and European Orientalism: Botero to Montesquieu

  title={Oriental Despotism and European Orientalism: Botero to Montesquieu},
  author={J. Rubi{\'e}s},
  journal={Journal of Early Modern History},
  • J. Rubiés
  • Published 2005
  • History
  • Journal of Early Modern History
The issue of how European images of the East were formed, used, and contested is far from simple. The concept of oriental despotism allowed early-modern Europeans to distinguish themselves from the most powerful and impressive non-European civilizations of the Ottoman Middle East, Persia, India, and China on grounds which were neither fundamentally religious nor linked to sheer scientific and technological progress, but political and moral. However, it would be incorrect to treat this as a pure… Expand
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