Mic (mi_b) wrote,
Mic
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разные замкнутые общества

...The Jesuits gave Moghuls and Mings both up to date world maps. Chinese response: "Why is China so small on this map?" Indian response: "We don't understand this [and don't care to find out what it means]."
Interestingly, the Japanese, even when the country was closed, kept a keen interest in "Dutch knowledge" and had up to date geographical and ethnological knowledge about countries they never visited.

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