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The Myth of the Savage: And the Beginnings of French Colonialism in the Americas
A classic study of early contact between European explorers and North American natives. When the two cultures met in the fifteenth century, it meant great upheavals for the Amerindians, but strengthened the Europeans' move toward nation-states and capitalism.
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by University of Alberta Press
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Aug 11, 2013 Malcolm rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This book does two things extremely well. First, it explores the different aspects of European late renaissance thought about the meaning and character of 'the savage' – the good savage, the cruel savage, the noble savage (although this reached its most sophisticated development in post-Revolutionary France), and so forth. Second, it considers how these notions of savagery shaped and influenced French approaches to colonialism in and of the New World in the 16th and 17th centuries. In doing so, ...more