Interrelations of Cultures: Their Contribution to International Understanding

Interrelations of Cultures: Their Contribution to International Understanding

Interrelations of Cultures: Their Contribution to International Understanding

Interrelations of Cultures: Their Contribution to International Understanding

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Four years' ago, Unesco initiated a series of studies and enquiries, which are not yet concluded or near being so, on the present stage of the indigenous cultures of the various peoples of the world and on the relations existing between these cultures. A number of scientists, historians, ethnologists, humanists and philosophers have contributed their personal views on the culture either of their own country or of countries with which they are particularly well acquainted.

This mass of documentation was submitted at the end of 1949 to the examination of a committee of experts composed of. Messrs. C. C. Berg (Netherlands), S. Buarque de Hollanda (Brazil), M. Castro Leal (Mexico), L. Febvre (France), M. Griaule (France), R. McKeon (United States of America), Mei Yi Chi (China), Mostafa Amer Bey (Egypt), J. M. Romein (Netherlands), N. K. Sidantha (India).

This committee drew up a joint statement, which forms the conclusion of the present volume. It was of the opinion that a useful purpose would be served by publishing part, at least, of the material collected, such contributions as by their character and form were best suited to appear in a symposium. A small sub-committee, formed of Messrs. C. C. Berg, M. Castro Leal, M. Griaule and R. McKeon, undertook to prepare this publication. Mr. Marcel Griaule, with the agreement of his colleagues, was responsible for the final choice and for making the necessary cuts and adaptations, with the authors' consent.

The volume which Unesco puts before the public today includes only some of the essays selected by the committee of experts. Nor has there been any deliberate plan behind this selection, for the editors had frequently to be guided by certain practical considerations of length and coherence of the whole.

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