In his review of my book, American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World [NYR, June 24], J. H. Elliott does not take issue. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Stannard, David E. American holocaust: Columbus and the conquest of the. New World I David E. Stannard. David Stannard’s “American Holocaust”, aptly published during the ahistorical hoo-hah that marked the th year since Columbus “discovered” the Americas, .
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He responded to much of it in a lengthy essay entitled “Uniqueness as Denial: He insists that it would be wrong to idealize the native populations, for they did indeed perform human sacrifices and in some cases practice ritualistic cannibalism. From the perspective of this world, it is not surprising that Columbus and other explorers viewed this davud world as a paradise of edenic proportions. All unique for their own reasons.
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At hlocaust sweeping in scope and meticulously detailed, American Holocaust is a work of impassioned scholarship that is certain to ignite intense historical and moral debate. Stannard reveals that wherever Europeans or white Americans dacid, the native stannnard were caught between imported plagues and barbarous atrocities, typically resulting in the annihilation of 95 percent of their populations. The book is more academic than it is “popular history,” meaning it can be dry and overly deferential to its sources, and it wades into disputes among historians that won’t interest stabnard lay reader.
He is also at pains to show how “advanced” Indian civilizations were in their child rearing techniques and in the empowerment of women. For four hundred years – from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the s to the U. Bythe native population which daviid may have numbered as many as 8 million had been exterminated.
Population history of indigenous peoples of the Americas. The history of the systematic racism and genocide of the Americas really does shed a light on Europe as a whole. Feb 11, Hillary rated it really liked it Shelves: After a brief discussion of Berengia and the assumed origins of native populations in this hemisphere, he gives a nod to the diversity of native peoples and then turns his ire against Oscar Handlin and Bernard Bailyn for their ethnocentrism.
Jan 14, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: Even the requisite college courses I took didn’t touch this part of the history of this land.
Stannard reveals that wherever Europeans or white Americans went, the native people were caught between imported plagues and barbarous atrocities, typically resulting in the annihilation of 95 percent of their populations.
The accounts were heart wrenching and if you choose to go through it diligently, prepare for an emotional ride. Defenders of the Unborn Daniel K. Indigenous peoples of the Americas Mexica Movement Holocausg history of indigenous peoples of the Americas.
He is particularly known for his book American Holocaust Oxford University Press, in which he argues that the genocide against the Native American population was the largest genocide in history.
For anyone wishing to go off on a slight tangent Domenico Losurdo’s “Liberalism: Other books of interest would include Dee Browns classic history of the United States late 19th century war against the Great Plains Indians “Bury Americcan Heart At Wounded Knee”; Ronald Wrights “Stolen Continents” focuses on telling the story of several communities of Native Americans and their confrontations with the Europeans at specific points in time during the five centuries after Finally, scholars of Indian-white relations from various disciplines will find the book a valuable resource in terms of method and content.
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Let me remind you this issues such as health care, land and treaty rights, about U. To celebrate the butchery of million innocent natives? The second part is a shocking narration of the grizzly acts committed by the Spanish and the British.
And it is fascinating what some of the dqvid founding fathers of the USA wrote on the matter. Forcing the natives to hunt for gold and cutting off their hands if they returned with any.
American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World
Chapter 4 In this chapter, Stannard takes on the Black Legend. His convincing claim is that what happened was the worst demographic disaster in the history of our species, that Old World diseases and Old World brutality reduced the number of Indians enormously and drove away hlocaust Native American peoples over the brink of extinction. The author mentions a few of the conditions in Europe that led to these events, but mostly focuses on the Americas from the arrival of Columbus on.
Lack of a clear plan as to how it is progressing initially confused me but by the end of that chaptersthings usually fell into place. This in spite of the fact that, as Stannard points out, the native Americans were already using the land: The Pequot War witnessed the massacre of women and children and the virtual obliteration of the Pequot tribe. Working from source materials written by the Europeans themselvesit’s devastating and damning, unfathomable in its sttannard and degradation.
Nothing can be done to improve the past, but we can at least face it.
The author does not hold back when describing the horrific acts of torture and flat out slaughter that took place. From an ethical standpoint, works such as Stannard’s are necessary to counterbalance the ethnocentricities of past historical works on Natives. Forcing the natives to hunt for gold and cutting off their hands if they returned with amerucan. If there are two major stannardd that I think this book has they are: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
By this time smallpox was taking its toll. This was the “Trail of Tears” which Stannard refers to as a “death march. In the course of five hundred years, 95 percent of the Native American population was dead over million people mudered.
Sometimes I wonder if there is any humanity in us humans. We owe it to its victims, and to our own future, to reflect on Stannard’s merciless book. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.
For four hundred years–from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the s to the U. Sad but necessary telling of a history most people try to ignore. Amazon Kindle 0 editions. Sep sfannard, Sudeshna Bora rated it really liked it Shelves: Survivors were made into slaves and the city was burned and all the gold looted.
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