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    DescriptionThe first landings in the Atlantic World heralded striking and terrifying impressions of people entirely isolated from the explorers' continents, customs and religions. From the first recorded encounters with the native inhabitants of the Canary Islands in 1341 to Columbus' explorations in 1492 and Cabral's discovery of Brazil in 1500, western Europeans struggled to make sense of the existence of the people they met. Were they Adam's children, of a common lineage with the people of the Old World, or were they a separate creation, the monstrous races of medieval legend? Should they govern themselves? Did they have the right to be free? Did they know God? Could they know God? Emphasising contact between people rather than the discovery of lands, and using archaeological findings as well as eye-witness accounts, David Abulafia explores the social lives of the inhabitants, the motivations and tensions of the first transactions, and the swift transmutation of wonder to vicious exploitation. Lucid, readable and scrupulous, this is a work of humane engagement with a period in which a tragically violent standard was set for European conquest across the world.

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    The Discovery of Mankind
    Atlantic Encounters in the Age of Columbus
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Abulafia
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 408
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300158212
    ISBN 10: 0300158211

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: GEO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S8.0
    BIC subject category V2: RGR, HBLC, HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1K
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26630
    B&T Approval Code: A19200000, A33200000
    Abridged Dewey: 909
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS051000
    DC22: 970.01
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    BIC subject category V2: 1K
    DC22: 917.041
    Thema V1.0: RGR, NHKA
    Illustrations note
    30 black-&-white illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    29 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    David Abulafia is Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. He is an eminent and distinguished historian of the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
    Review quote
    "'With equal skills as scholar and story-teller, David Abulafia gets to the heart of a subject that matters to today's world: how our understanding of human nature began to emerge in the late medieval Atlantic, where each new encounter between previously unfamiliar peoples and cultures challenged and transformed existing notions. No other book covers the subject so thoroughly or approaches it with such brilliance.' Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Tufts University 'David Abulafia's masterful study reorients our understanding of the age of Columbus. His meticulous research takes us to the Canary Islands, the Caribbean, and Brazil and puts the European 'discovery' of the Americas into an Atlantic context where it belongs. With extraordinary erudition and sophistication he shows us how the encounter with the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere shaped early modern European culture.' Peter Mancall, University of Southern California"