European Outthurst and Encounter - the First Phase, 1400-1700: Essays in Tribute to David Beers Quinn on His 85th Birthday

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For half a century David Beers Quinn wrote on the history of the early relationship between England and North America. This volume was presented in tribute to his meticulous and authoritative but cautious scholarship, on the occasion of his 85th birthday. It includes his "Reflections" on a lifetime of research, and his bibliography. But his interests in the early period of "the expansion of Europe" have never been limited to England or North America, and this volume accordingly takes as its theme the widest ...

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For half a century David Beers Quinn wrote on the history of the early relationship between England and North America. This volume was presented in tribute to his meticulous and authoritative but cautious scholarship, on the occasion of his 85th birthday. It includes his "Reflections" on a lifetime of research, and his bibliography. But his interests in the early period of "the expansion of Europe" have never been limited to England or North America, and this volume accordingly takes as its theme the widest historical context of the subject and period, the whole European outthrust and encounter, in its first phase. Ten contributions by recognized scholars provide select exemplars, to serve as a stimulating introduction to this vast theme. Three overview essays deal with specific regions of the outthrust, chosen because of differences in outcome: Ethiopia, the Far East, and Siberia. The remaining essays consider specific episodes in localities ranging from Guayana to China, and their discursive echoes, and are essentially concerned with a leading feature of David Quinn’s scholarship, the discovery, examination and interpretation of sources. A preliminary essay discusses the theme and links the various contributions within a framework of critical generalization.

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Ten contributors offer tribute to history scholar Quinn and discuss the early period of the European expansion in the widest historical context of the subject and period. Overview essays deal with Ethiopia, the Far East, and Siberia, while the rest of the book considers specific episodes on localities ranging from Guyana to China. Contributors are concerned with a leading feature of Quinn's scholarship--the discovery of sources. Includes a 1986 article by Quinn on his life and work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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