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    DescriptionThe central characters in this book are the myths born of the European collective imagination about the lands beyond Europe and the beings who inhabited them. The New World was an irresistible attraction to Renaissance Europe and the great geographical discoveries of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries represent a unique moment in history, not only on account of the technical and human feat involved but also because the discoverers came to believe that they had reached the land of legends. This is an enthralling account of the conflicting experiences of discovering the New World, drawing upon the intriguing tales of early discovery and amazing illustrations of the day. The authors invoke the unique exhilaration of exploration, investigating the conflict between the ambitious idealism and harsh realities that have always characterized and torn the country. After all, did people not go to America in search of both the Garden of Eden and the tribes of the damned?


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    Title
    America Magica
    Subtitle
    When Renaissance Europe Thought it Had Conquered Paradise
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jean-Marc de Beer, By (author) Jorge Magasich-Airola, Foreword by David Abulafia
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 228
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781843312925
    ISBN 10: 1843312921
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: GEO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.4
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JB
    BIC subject category V2: RGR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1K
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 430
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010, HIS038000, HIS037020
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 970.016
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: 1D, 3JB, 1K
    DC22: 970.01/6
    LC classification: E121 .M2813 2007, 2007026384
    Thema V1.0: RGR
    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    1, black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Anthem Press
    Imprint name
    Anthem Press
    Publication date
    09 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Jorge Magasich Airola is Professor of Latin American History at the Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales (HECS) in Brussels. Marc de Beer is Professor at the Institut de Radio electricite et de Cinematographie (INRACI) in Brussels. David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge.
    Review quote
    'At its best, 'America Magica' exhibits one of the most impressive aspects of early 1990s work on Europe's early modern encounter with the wider world: integrated consideration of ancient and medieval intellectual legacies, early modern cultural constructions, and the practical realities of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century life. [...] A handy reference for those perusing European explorers' journals or geographic treatises and wondering where these odd ideas about griffins, lost cities, and dog-headed men came from.' --Paul Mapp, College of William & Mary, 'Journal of World History'
    Back cover copy
    'Offers fascinating insights into the ways in which a rich and complex variety of mythical narratives and images - of earthly paradises, golden cities, women warriors, and strange and wonderful creatures - structured the perceptions of European explorers and settlers of the indigenous peoples and landscapes of the New World.' Susan Castillo, Professor of American Studies, Kings College London The central characters in this book are the myths born of the European collective imagination about the lands beyond Europe and the beings who inhabited them. The New World was an irresistible attraction to Renaissance Europe and the great geographical discoveries of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries represent a unique moment in history, not only on account of the technical and human feat involved but also because the discoverers came to believe that they had reached the land of legends. This is an enthralling account of the conflicting experiences of discovering the New World, drawing upon the intriguing tales of early discovery and amazing illustrations of the day. The authors invoke the unique exhilaration of exploration, investigating the conflict between the ambitious idealism and harsh realities that have always characterized and torn the country. After all, did people not go to America in search of both the Garden of Eden and the tribes of the damned?