Beyond 1492: Encounters in Colonial North America / Edition 1

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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.
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"Those who want a readable and informed introduction to some of the concerns of contemporary Encounter historians, this is a good place to begin."--The New York Review of Books

"A most admirable and valuable addition to my supplementary required reading for my survey course in American history to 1865."--William M. Neil, Indiana University Northwest

"Axtell has the rare ability to write about the European presence in America without the hand-wringing of the Left or the clenched fist of the Right. The eleven essays here...are fresh, engrossing, challenging, and entertaining."--Virginia Quarterly Review

"A wonderful volume."--Elizabeth Parent, San Francisco State University

"A series of exceptionally fine essays."--The Louisville Courier-Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195080339
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Lexile: 1630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

College of William and Mary
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Table of Contents

1 History as Imagination 3
Views from the Shore
2 Imagining the Other: First Encounters in North America 25
3 The Exploration of Norumbega: Native Perspectives 75
4 Native Reactions to the Invasion of America 97
Encounters Light and Dark
5 The First Consumer Revolution 125
6 Agents of Change: Jesuits in the Post-Columbian World 152
7 Humor in Ethnohistory 171
1492 and Beyond
8 Europeans, Indians, and the Age of Discovery in American History Textbooks 197
9 The Columbian Mosaic in Colonial America 217
10 Moral Reflections on the Columbian Legacy 241
11 Beyond 1992 267
Notes 317
Index 365
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