After Cultures Meet…

  • Rongxing Guo


No culture is isolated from other cultures. Nor is any culture changeless, invariant, or static. All cultures are in a state of constant flux, driven by both internal and external forces. All of these are the inherent dynamics of a multicultural world per se. In this chapter, beginning with the question “why Mesopotamia had the oldest civilization in the world?,” the spatial interaction of ancient civilizations is assessed; also, four nonlinear patterns of the intercultural dynamics are presented. Our empirical analyses of the four major ancient civilizations (the Mesopotamian, the Egyptian, the Indus, and the Chinese) focus on intercultural influences as well as how they have shaped the spatial dynamics of the world as a whole.


Tang Dynasty Ancient Civilization Peace Treaty Yellow River Cultural Integration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Regional Science Association of China at Peking UniversityBeijingChina

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