Implicit Understandings: Observing, Reporting and Reflecting on the Encounters between Europeans and Other Peoples in the Early Modern Era

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World-wide in scope, this volume brings together the work of twenty historians, anthropologists, and literary scholars who have tried to examine the nature of the encounter between Europeans and the other peoples of the world from roughly 1450 to 1800, the Early Modern era.
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"The range of subjects covered and the evident erudition of the authors are impressive." Sixteenth Century Journal

"...each contributer illustrates important aspects about topic, methodology, and the evolution of the historians craft." Canadian Journal of History

"Stuart B. Schwartz deserves congratulations for sccomplishing something difficult and rare; he has edited a book of twenty essays (including the introduction) that hold together and constitute a single resource (as well as twenty separate ones)." William and Mary Quarterly

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Introduction 1
1 The outer world of the European Middle Ages 23
2 Cultural conflicts in medieval world maps 64
3 Spain, circa 1492: Social values and structures 96
4 The conquests of the Canary Islands 134
5 Tales of distinction: European ethnography and the Caribbean 157
6 Persian perceptions of Mongols and Europeans 201
7 Sightings: Initial Nahua reactions to Spanish culture 218
8 Dialogues of the deaf: Europeans on the Atlantic coast of Africa 249
9 Early Southeast Asian categorizations of Europeans 268
10 Beyond the Cape: The Portuguese encounter with the peoples of South Asia 295
11 The "Indianness" of Iberia and changing Japanese iconographies of Other 323
12 Essay on objects: Interpretations of distance made tangible 355
13 The indigenous ethnographer: The "indio ladino" as historian and cultural mediation 378
14 What to wear? Observation and participation by Jesuit missionaries in late Ming society 403
15 Demerits and deadly sins: Jesuit moral tracts in late Ming China 422
16 The theatricality of observing and being observed: Eighteenth-century Europe "discovers" the ? century "Pacific" 451
17 North America in the era of Captain Cook: Three glimpses of Indian-European contact in the age of the American Revolution 484
18 An accidental Australian tourist: Or a feminist anthropologist at sea and on land 502
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