Cultures in Conflict

Cultures in Conflict : Encounters Between European and Non-European Cultures, 1492-1800

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This is a work of comparative cultural history, ranging from North America to the South Pacific and from the voyages of Columbus to those of Cook, which examines the cultural encounters between European explorers and non-European people and endeavours to reconstruct the experiences of both sides. In a series of case studies Bitterli investigates three types of cultural encounter: superficial contact, as in the early relations between Europe and China; a prolonged relationship, like that between the missionaries and the North American Indians; and collision, leading to the destruction of the weaker partner, as happened in the Spanish conquest of the West Indies and of Mexico.
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  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • German
  • 0745605303
  • 9780745605302

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Introduction 1. Types of Cultural Encounter Contacts, Collisions, and Relationships 2. The System of Limited Contacts The Portuguese in Africa and Asia 3. Cultural Collision The Spaniards on Hispaniola 4. Missionary Work as a Cultural Relationship The French in Canada 5. Cultural Relationship as `Holy Experiment' The English in Pennsylvania 6. The `Controlled Relationship' The Europeans in China 7. Cultural Contact as a Scientific Challenge The English and French in the South Seas Notes Index.
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