By Marc Ferro
This is a very wide-ranging and interdisciplinary survey of colonization from its origins to the post-colonial international. unique and full of life, it bargains the scholar: * a large concentration that includes Africa, the USA, Asia, Australia, Europe, Japan and the USSR * an interpretation drawn from cultural and social historical past, with sections on fable, literature, movie and philosophy * consistent connection with implications for the current international state of affairs * a entire synthesis of the historical past, context and growth of colonization * a comparative thematic dialogue of the effect of imperialism * broad insurance and research of decolonization.
Very easily, a key booklet for the learn of colonization.
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Lopez de Gomora, Historia general de las Indias, quoted in Romano, 1972, pp. 112–13) The encounter with the Indians This glorious, though critical, review is undoubtedly one of the earliest theoretical texts which justify conquest and its violence. The itinerary of the encounters between the Spanish and the Indians sheds better light on the reality of these initial contacts, at least in so far as it was actually experienced. The first witness is Christopher Columbus who had preceded them. “This king and all his subjects went naked, just as their mother had given birth to them; so did their women without any feeling of embarrassment.
Soon Martinique, Dominica —fourteen islands in all—were occupied. The settlement of San Domingo took place later. According to Jean Meyer the French Monarchy did not, at the outset, have a genuine “colonial policy”. Following the period of the expeditions, and when the search for wealth had tapered off, Canada remained a land of “religious prestige”, a purely Catholic colony to counteract the heretical colonies. In 1609, Lescarbot addressed the future Louis XIII urging him to convert the Indians, an undertaking worthy of Alexander the Great and deserving of a crusade.
It is true that in Canada the first explorations, financed by Francis I, opened the way to Jacques Cartier who, in 1535, discovered the route of the St Lawrence, the pathway to Japan, as he believed and as testified by the name “La Chine” given to the waterfalls. This situation lasted until Champlain, in an anti-English spirit, 40 THE INITIATIVES paved the way for a genuine colonial settlement. Still it was fishing which fed the population, though the fur trade soon took its place. In no time the English and the French were seeking support from the different Indian tribes—when they weren’t fighting them while simultaneously trying to convert them.
Colonization: A Global History by Marc Ferro