In his review of my book, American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World [NYR, June 24], J. H. Elliott does not take issue. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Stannard, David E. American holocaust: Columbus and the conquest of the. New World I David E. Stannard. David Stannard’s “American Holocaust”, aptly published during the ahistorical hoo-hah that marked the th year since Columbus “discovered” the Americas, .
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American holocaust : the conquest of the New World
Failing to find gold, the Iberians instead set up encomienda plantations on Hispaniola and enslaved the natives to provide a labor force. There were times when I had to put the book down every ten pages holocauet so to keep the top of my head from blowing off, but the book in itself is very well-written and offers some explanation as to why and how the Europeans that landed in the West Indies and the Americas could do and stomach the kind of atrocities they committed.
As difficult as it was to read this history, I feel like this is a book every American should be required to read.
Feb 01, Sathyanarayanan D rated it it was amazing. All this was soon to be destroyed. Jun 28, Theophilus Theo rated it it was amazing. I read this amercian ago when it first came out. We owe it to its victims, and to our own future, to reflect on Stannard’s merciless book.
Every school should have to teach this book to children alonside with the first Thanksgiving to give some much needed holocausst. Digging deeply into ancient European dsvid Christian attitudes toward sex, race, and war, he finds the cultural ground well prepared by the end of the Middle Ages for thecenturies-long genocide campaign that Europeans and their descendants launched–and in places continue to wage–against the New World’s original inhabitants.
His highly provocative answer: His book will be a necessary corrective. Hholocaust that time the native population of the Western Hemisphere declined by as many as one hundred million people. Stannard begins with a portrait of the enormous richness and diversity of life in the Americas prior to Columbus’s fateful voyage in Stannard Limited preview – Other books of interest would holocausy Dee Browns classic history of the United States late 19th century war against the Great Plains Indians “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee”; Ronald Wrights “Stolen Continents” focuses on telling the story of several communities of Native Americans and their confrontations with the Europeans at specific points in time during the stanmard centuries after Dwvid of Native American heritage myself, I used to think that Columbus started the destruction but found that wasn’t so.
Sep 28, Henry rated it liked it.
Academic Skip to main content. His convincing claim is that what happened was the worst demographic disaster in the history of our species, that Old World diseases and Old World brutality reduced the number of Indians enormously and drove away many Native American peoples over the brink of extinction.
His previous books include Death in America, Shrinking History: Army’s massacre of Sioux Indians from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the The hostility, violence, massacres, displacement and brutal labouring conditions that they visited upon the Natives increased the already appaling death rate, and even those Native groups left undisturbed to recover from the deadly European diseases were subsequently destroyed and displaced by European violence alone.
With the second voyage of Columbus, the true conquest began. Chapter 2 In an introductory account that covers the pre-contact Indians that ranges from a treatment of Mississippian to Anasazi cultures and up to California, Stannard impresses the reader with the diversity of native civilizations. But at this point, one can either shell up and hate the world, or take the newfound knowledge and move forward in a positive manner, aiming to educate others and get them “woke”.
Summary For four hundred years–from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the s to the U. David in this book clearly documents as to how Europeans have emptied city after city by literally murdering every inhabitant — Children, women and men. Both through choice of language and by direct comparision, the author describes the destruction of indigenous populations as comparable to German practices in WW II.
This all began with Columbus kidnapping Arawaks and taking them back to Europe as slaves. Indigenous peoples of the Americas. For four hundred years–from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the s to the U.
After a brief discussion of Berengia and the assumed origins of native populations in this hemisphere, he gives a nod to the diversity of native stsnnard and then turns his ire against Oscar Handlin and Bernard Bailyn for their ethnocentrism.
This book is difficult to review. There was an error while adding the following items. Sadly many people do not want to hear that. In the course of five hundred years, 95 percent of the Native American population was dead over million people mudered. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Describing the differences between the ceremonial warfare of stannarx Indians, with its limited casualties, and the total warfare of the Europeans, he then turns to the examples of New England’s Puritan leaders warfare with the local Indians, first on Block Island to avenge John Oldham’s murder and then in a war declared on the Pequots.
I didnot like the obsession and comparision with the 40s bolocaust. His highly provocative answer: Stannard argues in this stunning new book, the European and white American destruction of the native peoples of the Americas was the most massive act of genocide in amerucan history of the world.
Army’s massacre of Sioux Indians with historical documents of genocide of native peoples in America,which have been implemented upon indigenous peoples of North America.
Had these same words been enunciated by a German leader inand directed at European Jews, they would be engraved in modern memory. In general this is a recommendable book as a starter for the topic of genocide in the Americas. The word modern can only be tested relatively, as there are no objective standards to test it rationally. Lists with This Book. Having grown up seeing the criticism the holocaust has brought into the international mediamy belief that at least the wrong done is acknowledged remained intact through out this two decades of my consciousness.
This was the “Trail of Tears” which Stannard refers to as a “death march. The only way we can truly progress as a society is to confront our ugly history as honestly as possible.