The Franciscan Invention of the New World

The Franciscan Invention of the New World

by Julia McClure

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319827186
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 07/04/2018
Series: The New Middle Ages
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
Pages: 229
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Julia McClure is a global historian interested in the history of poverty, charity and colonialism. She has specialised in the history of the Franciscans and the Spanish Atlantic. She gained her PhD at the University of Sheffield, had research fellowships at Harvard’s Weatherhead Initiative on Global History and the European University Institute in Florence, and is now at the Centre for Global History at the University of Warwick.

Table of Contents


Abbreviations. 4

Prologue, The story. 5

Introduction. 7

Chapter One. 20

The Landscapes of Franciscan Poverty. 20

The Franciscan attempt to disown the world. 20

The colonial need for the concept of property. 20

Freedom from property?. 21

From property to rights. 27

Necessity and Use. 30

Property in Paradise?. 32

Conclusion. 34

Chapter Two. 36

Feeding the Imaginative Landscape of the Franciscan Order 36

The Franciscan attempt to ‘know’ the world. 36

Franciscan global knowledge. 37

Spiritual knowledge. 42

The Franciscan ‘discovery’ of the New World. 45

Losing the Canary Islands. 50

Conclusion. 55

Chapter Three. 57

The Franciscan Atlantic. 57

Planting the cross in the Atlantic world. 57

The Canary Islands. 58

The Spanish Atlantic coast 64

The Caribbean. 67

Mainland America. 71

Conclusion: A Franciscan Map of the Early Atlantic. 74

Chapter Four 76

Franciscan landscapes of identity and violence. 76

The Franciscan Invention of Coloniality. 76

The Franciscans and the landscapes of power 78

The Transatlantic Inquisition. 80

Franciscan violences and the forging of a New World. 87

The Multidirectionality of Coloniality. 91

Symbolic worldmaking (1) 94

Conclusion. 96

Chapter Five. 98

The New World at the End of the World. 98

The Tale of the Dragon’s Tail in the Dragon’s Tail 98

The construction of the Franciscan historical worldview.. 100

The Franciscan historical invention of the New World. 109

Symbolic worldmaking (2) 112

Conclusion. 115

Conclusion. 117

Bibliography. 121

Unpublished Archival Sources. 121

Printed Primary Sources. 121

Secondary Sources: Books. 128

Secondary Sources: Articles and Chapters. 138

Unpublished secondary sources. 145

Websites. 145

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