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American Holocaust : The Conquest of the New World - 92 edition

by David E. Stannard

American Holocaust : The Conquest of the New World (ISBN10: 0195085574; ISBN13: 9780195085570)
ISBN13: 978-0195085570
ISBN10: 0195085574

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0195075816
ISBN10: 0195075811

Summary: For four hundred years -- from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the 1490s to the U.S. Army's massacre of Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in the 1890s -- the indigenous inhabitants of North and South America endured an unending firestorm of violence. During that time the native population of the Western Hemisphere declined by as many as one hundred million people. Indeed, as historian David E. Stannard argues in this stunning new ...show more book, the European and white American destruction of the native peoples of the Americas was the most massive act of genocide in the history of the world. Stannard begins with a portrait of the enormous richness and diversity of life in the Americas prior to Columbus's fateful voyage in 1492. He then follows the path of genocide from the Indies to Mexico and Central and South America, then north to Florida, Virginia, and New England, and finally out across the Great Plains and Southwest to California and the North Pacific Coast. Stannard reveals that wherever Europeans or white Americans went, the native people were caught between imported plagues and barbarous atrocities, typically resulting in the annihilation of 95 percent of their populations. What kind of people, he asks, do such horrendous things to others? His highly provocative answer: Christians. Digging deeply into ancient European and Christian attitudes toward sex, race, and war, he finds the cultural ground well prepared by the end of the Middle Ages for the centuries-long genocide campaign that Europeans and their descendants launched -- and in places continue to wage -- against the New World's original inhabitants. Advancing a thesis that is sure to create much controversy, Stannard contends that the perpetrators of the American Holocaust drew on the same ideological wellspring as did the later architects of the Nazi Holocaust. It is an ideology that remains dangerously alive today, he adds, and one that in recent years has surfaced in America. Stannard says that the European and white American destruction of the native peoples of the Americas was the most massive act of genocide in the history of the world. Moreover, the perpetrators of the American Holocaust drew on the same ideological wellspring as did the later architects of the Nazi Holocaust -- an ideology that remains dangerously alive today. Photos and line drawings. This book "first reviews the diversity and population levels that existed in the Western Hemisphere prior to 1492, then discusses . . . the destruction of over 90 percent of that population in the course of the next 500 years.. . . {Stannard presents an} argument that centers the European justifications for {what he characterizes as} genocide . . . within the triumph of Christianity in Western Europe. . . . {He contends that} racism was incorporated into the Church doctrine in the fourth century, when conversion to Christianity was not allowed as a protection against enslavement." (Sci Books Films) Index. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 92
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 11/18/1993
International: No



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