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European encounters with the New World : from Renaissance to Romanticism / Anthony Pagden.

By: Pagden, Anthony.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 1993Description: vi, 216 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0300052855; 9780300052855; 0300059507 (pbk); 9780300059502 (pbk).Subject(s): Europe -- Intellectual life | Europe/America -- Relations -- America | America -- Relations -- Europe | Culture History | Europe | AmericaDDC classification: 303.48/2407 Other classification: 15.85 | 15.22 | 7,26 | NK 4950 Summary: For review see: J.W. Schulte Nordholt, in Tijdschrift voor geschiedenis, jrg. 107, nr. 4 (1994); p. 591-592.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-212) and index.

For review see: J.W. Schulte Nordholt, in Tijdschrift voor geschiedenis, jrg. 107, nr. 4 (1994); p. 591-592.

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Pagden (Cambridge Univ.) has written a fascinating book concerning the ways in which European experiences arising from encounters with the New World shifted thought and vision. The knowledge gained by this collision of cultures enriched European studies of geography and cosmology. However, it did not enrich European knowledge of New World inhabitants or of their ways of life. During the 17th and 18th centuries, New World inhabitants were frequently referred to as "Noble Savages"; they stood in criticism of a European society swiftly losing its humanity to science and technology. This reasoning led to a questioning of the values and processes of colonization. Pagden suggests that Diderot may have been the first thinker to recognize the leveling influence and uniformity of modernity, which he identified as the "global village." Some illustrations and endnotes add to this thoughtful and very well written book. Advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty; professional. G. J. Martin; Southern Connecticut State University

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Anthony Pagden is Harry C. Black Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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