Ceremonies of Possession in Europe's Conquest of the New World, 1492-1640

ISBN-10: 0521497574
ISBN-13: 9780521497572
Edition: 1995
Authors: Patricia Seed
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/27/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

This work of comparative history explores the array of ceremonies that the English, the Spanish, the French, the Portuguese and the Dutch performed to enact their taking possession of the New World. The book develops the historic cultural contexts of these ceremonies, and tackles the implications of these histories for contemporary nation-states of the post-colonial era.

Introduction
Houses, gardens, and fences: signs of English possession in the New World
Ceremonies: the theatrical rituals of French political possession
The requirement: a protocol for conquest
'A New Sky and New Stars': Arabic and Hebrew science, Portuguese seamanship, and the discovery of America
Sailing in the wake of the Portuguese; Conclusion: The habits of history

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