The Discovery of Mankind: Atlantic Encounters in the Age of Columbus

The Discovery of Mankind: Atlantic Encounters in the Age of Columbus

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by David Abulafia
     
 

The first landings in the Atlantic World generated striking and terrifying impressions of unknown peoples who were entirely foreign to anything in European explorers experience.See more details below

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The first landings in the Atlantic World generated striking and terrifying impressions of unknown peoples who were entirely foreign to anything in European explorers experience.

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Choice

"Abulafia brings together much scattered scholarship and gives due prominence to the neglected significance of the conquest of the Canaries. A well-researched and lucid study that rightly eschews and disdains postmodernist jargon and obfuscation. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice

The Historian

Abulafia writes in an entertaining, engaging style that will appeal to specialists and nonspecialists alike."—Gayle K. Brunelle, The Historian

— Gayle K. Brunelle

Jorge Canizares-Esguerra
"Age-old exposure to the Bible and the classics left Mediterranean observers poorly prepared to interpret the societies they encountered from the fourteenth to the early sixteenth centuries in the Canary Islands, the Caribbean, and Brazil. Abulafia painstakingly recreates the spiral of violence that overwhelmed and destroyed 'stone-age' societies that had developed largely in isolation. Abulafia also offers a learned account of the emergence of new European anthropologies that sought to transform radically alien others into familiarly pliant Christian laborers."—Jorge Canizares-Esguerra, University of Texas at Austin

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
"With equal skills as scholar and story-teller, David Abulafia gets to the heart of a subject that matters to today's world: how our understanding of human nature began to emerge in the late medieval Atlantic, where each new encounter between previously unfamiliar peoples and cultures challenged and transformed existing notions. No other book covers the subject so thoroughly or approaches it with such brilliance."—Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Tufts University

Peter Mancall
"David Abulafia's masterful study reorients our understanding of the age of Columbus. His meticulous research takes us to the Canary Islands, the Caribbean, and Brazil and puts the European 'discovery' of the Americas into an Atlantic context where it belongs. With extraordinary erudition and sophistication he shows us how the encounter with the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere shaped early modern European culture."—Peter Mancall, University of Southern California

Matthew Restall
"From its eye-catching title to its masterful conclusion, this erudite exploration of responses by Iberians and Italians to the peoples they found at the end of the fifteenth century is both unabashedly old-school and engagingly new. Abulafia's vast essay is as illuminating as it is readable."—Matthew Restall, Penn State University, author of Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest
The Historian - Alison Williams Lewin
"[Abulafia's book is] extensively researched, painstakingly argued, and constantly true to the words of the explorers themselves. . . . Anyone interested in voyages of discovery, in intellectual history, and in ways cultures react to one another will enjoy and profit from The Discovery of Mankind."—Alison Williams Lewin, The Historian
The Historian - Gayle K. Brunelle
Abulafia writes in an entertaining, engaging style that will appeal to specialists and nonspecialists alike."—Gayle K. Brunelle, The Historian
Terrae Incognitae - Russell Magnaghi
"Abulafia's work provides the key to unlock developments not only among the Spaniards but also among other Europeans in the New World. . . . [he] helps us to understand such problems not only in the past but also in our own world and, no doubt, into the future."—Russell Magnaghi, Terrae Incognitae

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300125825
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/04/2008
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.45(d)

Meet the Author

David Abulafia is professor of Mediterranean History at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Spain and 1492, Mediterranean Encounters, and The New Cambridge Medieval History, Volume 5, c.1198–c.1300.

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