Clash of Cultures

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Rowman Altamira, 1998 - History - 335 pages
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Clash of Cultures, Second Edition, is a captivating exploration of the Age of Discovery, when Western civilization first came into contact - and conflict - with all the other peoples of the world. Internationally known archeologist Brian Fagan draws on original sources and scholarly writing from dozens of academic disciplines to chart the tragic effects of first contact, illuminating the resulting racism, ethnocentrism, and ever-growing chasm between industrial nations and traditional societies. This seminal book includes case studies covering a wide variety of societies, including the Khoikhoi of South Africa, the Aztecs of Mexico, and the Tahitians. Special attention is paid to the Hurons of Canada, the natives of the American Northwest, and the Tasmanians and Maori of New Zealand. The second edition includes a new introduction, chapters on early Japan and the effects of epidemic disease, and a revised guide to further reading.
Clash of Cultures is an ideal text for students studying the background of the modern world.
 

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Contents

Prologue
15
The Khoikhoi of the Cape of Good Hope
35
The Aztecs
57
The Consequences of the Spanish Conquest
81
The Land of the Rising Sun
95
Consequences
111
The Great Dying
113
Noble Savages The Tahitians
123
Missionaries at the End of the Earth
205
Interconnectedness
217
Furs and Firearms The Huron of Eastern Canada
219
Northwest Coast Indians
237
The Maori
257
The Colonization of New Zealand
275
The Legacy of Inequality
293
Guide to Sources
305

The Van Diemeners
147
The Noble Savage Is a Dog
159
The Word of God
171
The Fuegians
189
References
315
Index
321
About the Author
335
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About the author (1998)

Brian Fagan is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a well-known writer and lecturer on archaeology. He has written several widely used textbooks, and a number of popular books.

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