America in European Consciousness, 1493-1750 / Edition 1

America in European Consciousness, 1493-1750 / Edition 1

by Karen Ordahl Kupperman, Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807845108

ISBN-13: 9780807845103

Pub. Date: 02/20/1995

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

The five hundredth anniversary of Columbus's first transatlantic voyage has provoked an outpouring of scholarship on how European exploration and colonization affected America. This book of eleven essays from leading scholars in the fields of intellectual and cultural history reverses that trend by focusing on the ways in which contact with the Americas transformed

…  See more details below

Overview

The five hundredth anniversary of Columbus's first transatlantic voyage has provoked an outpouring of scholarship on how European exploration and colonization affected America. This book of eleven essays from leading scholars in the fields of intellectual and cultural history reverses that trend by focusing on the ways in which contact with the Americas transformed European thought.

The result of an international conference sponsored by the John Carter Brown Library, this collection addresses the impact of Spanish, French, and English experiences in the New World. The essays consider whether and how knowledge of America changed the mental world of European thinkers as reflected in their understanding of history, literature, linguistics, religion, and the sciences.

In assessing the process by which Europeans sought to understand America, this volume responds to issues raised by Sir John Elliott nearly a generation ago, and the collection concludes with an essay in which Elliott reflects on the scholarship of the last twenty-five years on this subject. The contributors are David Armitage, Peter Burke, Luca Codignola, J. H. Elliott, Christian Feest, Roland Greene, John M. Headley, Karen Ordahl Kupperman, Henry Lowood, Sabine MacCormack, David Quint, and Richard C. Simmons.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807845103
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/20/1995
Series:
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Changing Definition of America1
Pt. IAmerica and the Historical Imagination
America and the Rewriting of World History33
The New World and British Historical Thought: From Richard Hakluyt to William Robertson52
Pt. IIAmerica Reflected in Europe
Limits of Understanding: Perceptions of Greco-Roman and Amerindian Paganism in Early Modern Europe79
Petrarchism among the Discourses of Imperialism130
A Reconsideration of Montaigne's Des cannibales166
Pt. IIIAmerica and European Aspirations
The Holy See and the Conversion of the Indians in French and British North America, 1486-1760195
Campanella, America, and World Evangelization243
The Beehive as a Model for Colonial Design272
Pt. IVAmerica and the Scholarly Impulse
The New World and the European Catalog of Nature295
The Collecting of American Indian Artifacts in Europe, 1493-1750324
Americana in British Books, 1621-1760361
Pt. VConclusion
Final Reflections: The Old World and the New Revisited391
Conference Program409
Contributors411
Index413

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >