Ceremonies of Possession in Europe's Conquest of the New Wor (BOK)

Patricia Seed

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This work of comparative history, first published in 1996, explores the array of ceremonies that Europeans performed to mark their taking possession of the New World. Frenchmen reproduced the grandeur of royal processions wherever possible, always ending in dialogue with the indigenous peoples. Spaniards made solemn speeches before launching military attacks. Dutchmen drew intensely detailed maps, scrutinizing harbours and coastlines as they disembarked. The Portuguese superimposed the grid of latitudes upon lands they were later to take by the sword. The English calmly laid out fences and hedges in the manner of their native shires. Through such activities each power considered itself to be creating imperial authority over the Americas; yet each failed to acknowledge the same significance in the ceremonies of other nations. This book develops the cultural contexts of these ceremonies, and tackles the implications of this historical legacy for contemporary nation-states in the post-colonial era.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 1995 Forfatter Patricia Seed
ISBN 9780521497572
Antall sider 208 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 1,1cm
Vekt 290 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd