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Columbus and the Ends of the Earth

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Auteur

Djelal Kadir has recently been appointed Professor of Humanities and Editor-Director of the international quarterly, World Literature Today at the University of Oklahoma.


Texte du rabat
"A brilliant, innovative reading of Columbus and the colonization ideology."Julio Ortega, Brown University

"A brilliantly original imaginative reconstruction of the mental climate that spawned the heroes of the age of discovery."Hayden White, author of Metahistory


Résumé
Columbus is the first blazing star in a constellation of European adventurers whose right to claim and conquer each land mass they encountered was absolutely unquestioned by their countrymen. How a system of religious beliefs made the taking of the New World possible and laudable is the focus of Kadir's timely review of the founding doctrines of empire.

The language of prophecy and divine predestination fills the pronouncements of those who ventured across the Atlantic. The effects of such language and their implications for current theoretical debates about colonialism and decolonization are legion. Kadir suggests that in this supposedly postcolonial era, richer nations and the privileged still manipulate the rhetoric of conquest to justify and serve their own worldly ends. For colonized peoples who live today at the "ends of the earth," the age of exploitation may be no different from the age of exploration.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Columbus and the Ends of the Earth
Sous-titre: Europe's Prophetic Rhetoric as Conquering Ideology
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Code EAN: 9780520074422
ISBN: 978-0-520-07442-2
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: University of California Press
Genre: Histoire
nombre de pages: 276
Poids: 544g
Taille: H234mm x B156mm x T20mm
Année: 1992