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The Discovery of Mankind: Atlantic Encounters in the Age of Columbus

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The first landings in the Atlantic World generated striking and terrifying impressions of unknown peoples who were entirely foreign to anything in European explorers’ experience. From the first recorded encounters with the native inhabitants of the Canary Islands in 1341 to Columbus's explorations in 1492 and Cabral's discovery of Brazil in 1500, western Europeans struggle ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Yale University Press (first published April 4th 2008)
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John
Jun 05, 2011 John rated it liked it
A fascinating book which looks at the 'discoveries' in the Atlantic specifically from the viewpoint of the interactions between Europeans and those who were 'discovered', and what attitudes and preconceptions led the Spanish and Portuguese to view the 'New World' in the way they did. The author argues that the early discoveries by Columbus and Vespucci set the scene for what followed, with the decimation of millions of people in two continents, including of course sophisticated civilisations suc ...more
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Si tende a considerare il viaggio di Colombo del 1492 il momento in cui l'uomo europeo ha iniziato a completare quel percorso di conoscenza di se stesso cominciato nell'Umanesimo e nel Rinascimento attraverso la conoscenza dell'Altro, il nativo americano.

Abulafia riconduce invece l'intero processo di reale interazione col diverso a 150 anni prima (anche se il bagaglio di pregiudizi culturali e pseudo-razziali che l'esploratore europeo che si porta alle spalle è molto più antico), scoprendo che
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David Samuel Harvard Abulafia is a British historian with a particular interest in Italy, Spain and the rest of the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
His published works include Frederick II, The Mediterranean in History, Italy in the central Middle Ages, The Discovery of Mankind: Atlantic encounters in the age of Columbus and The Great Sea: a human history of the Mediterranean
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