Beyond 1492: Encounters in Colonial North America / Edition 1

Beyond 1492: Encounters in Colonial North America / Edition 1

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by James Axtell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195080335

ISBN-13: 9780195080339

Pub. Date: 09/28/1992

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this provocative and timely collection of essays—five published for the first time—one of the most important ethnohistorians writing today, James Axtell, explores the key role of imagination both in our perception of strangers and in the writing of history. Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of Columbus's "discovery" of America, this

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In this provocative and timely collection of essays—five published for the first time—one of the most important ethnohistorians writing today, James Axtell, explores the key role of imagination both in our perception of strangers and in the writing of history. Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of Columbus's "discovery" of America, this collection covers a wide range of topics dealing with American history. Three essays view the invasion of North America from the perspective of the Indians, whose land it was. The very first meetings, he finds, were nearly always peaceful. Other essays describe native encounters with colonial traders—creating "the first consumer revolution"—and Jesuit missionaries in Canada and Mexico. Despite the tragedy of many of the encounters, Axtell also finds that there was much humor in Indian-European negotiations over peace, sex, and war. In the final section he conducts searching analyses of how college textbooks treat the initial century of American history, how America's human face changed from all brown in 1492 to predominantly white and black by 1792, and how we handled moral questions during the Quincentenary. He concludes with an extensive review of the Quincentenary scholarship—books, films, TV, and museum exhibits—and suggestions for how we can assimilate what we have learned.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195080339
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.19(d)
Lexile:
1630L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1History as Imagination3
Views from the Shore
2Imagining the Other: First Encounters in North America25
3The Exploration of Norumbega: Native Perspectives75
4Native Reactions to the Invasion of America97
Encounters Light and Dark
5The First Consumer Revolution125
6Agents of Change: Jesuits in the Post-Columbian World152
7Humor in Ethnohistory171
1492 and Beyond
8Europeans, Indians, and the Age of Discovery in American History Textbooks197
9The Columbian Mosaic in Colonial America217
10Moral Reflections on the Columbian Legacy241
11Beyond 1992267
Notes317
Index365

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