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Cross-Cultural Encounters and Conflicts$
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Charles Issawi

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195118131

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118131.001.0001

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Empire Builders, Culture Makers, and Culture Imprinters

Empire Builders, Culture Makers, and Culture Imprinters

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(p.23) TWO Empire Builders, Culture Makers, and Culture Imprinters
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Cross-Cultural Encounters and Conflicts
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Charles Issawi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118131.003.0003

The chapter starts with a survey of the distribution of the main language groups that account for about two-thirds of the world's population—Chinese, Indian, Russian, Anglo-Saxon, Latin European, Latin American, and Arab. These divisions coincide with the so-called “popular” culture (food, dress, architecture, religion) and it is surveyed in this chapter how these cultures attained their present locations and dimensions. It is observed that the brilliance of the people's “high” culture is not a major factor in imprinting a culture's language and popular culture to other people. Rather, it is the capacity for empire building (a good example is North and South America and Russia) and the presence of a proselytizing religion (like Christianity and Islam) that is more significant for providing the framework for imprinting the language and popular culture on indigenous populations and immigrants.

Keywords:   language, religion, empire building, imprinting, popular culture, language groups

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