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Implicit Understandings

Implicit Understandings
Observing, Reporting and Reflecting on the Encounters between Europeans and Other Peoples in the Early Modern Era

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Part of Studies in Comparative Early Modern History

Seymour Phillips, John B. Friedman, Miguel Angel Ladero Quesada, Eduardo Aznar Vallejo, Peter Hulme, David Morgan, James Lockhart, Wyatt MacGaffey, Anthony Reid, Chandra Richard de Silva, Ronald P. Toby, Mary W. Helms, Rolena Adorno, Willard J. Peterson, Ann Waltner, Greg Dening, Peter H. Wood, Diane Bell, James A. Boon
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  • Date Published: November 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521458801

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  • This volume brings together the work of twenty scholars who have tried to examine the nature of the encounter between Europeans and the other peoples of the world from roughly 1450 to 1800, the Early Modern era. This volume is world-wide in scope but is unified by the central underlying theme that implicit understandings influence every culture's ideas about itself and others. These understandings, however, are changed by experience in a constantly shifting process in which both sides participate, and that makes such encounters complex historical events and moments of discovery.

    • Broad coverage of the world
    •  Emphasis on non-western attitudes and perceptions
    •  Excellent scholarship from history, anthropology, and literary criticism
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    "The range of subjects covered and the evident erudition of the authors are impressive." Sixteenth Century Journal

    "...each contributer illustrates important aspects about topic, methodology, and the evolution of the historians craft." Canadian Journal of History

    "Stuart B. Schwartz deserves congratulations for sccomplishing something difficult and rare; he has edited a book of twenty essays (including the introduction) that hold together and constitute a single resource (as well as twenty separate ones)." William and Mary Quarterly

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    • Date Published: November 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521458801
    • length: 656 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.91kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    Part I. European Visions of Others in the Late Middle Ages:
    1. The outer world of the European middle ages Seymour Phillips
    2. Cultural conflicts in medieval world maps John B. Friedman
    3. Spain circa 1492: social values and structures Miguel Angel Ladero Quesada
    4. The conquests of the Canary Islands Eduardo Aznar Vallejo
    5. Tales of distinction: European ethnography and the Caribbean Peter Hulme
    Part II. Europeans in the Vision of Other Peoples
    6. Persian perceptions of Mongols and Europeans David Morgan
    7. Sightings: initial Nahua reactions to Spanish culture James Lockhart
    8. Dialogues of the deaf: Europeans on the Atlantic Coast of Africa Wyatt MacGaffey
    9. Early Southeast Asian categorizations of Europeans Anthony Reid
    10. Beyond the Cape: the Portuguese encounter with the Peoples of South Asia Chandra Richard de Silva
    11. The 'Indianness' of Iberia and changing Japanese iconographies of Other Ronald P. Toby
    Part III. Adjustments to Encounter:
    12. Essay on objects: interpretations of distance made tangible Mary W. Helms
    13. The indigenous ethnographer: the indio ladino as historian Rolena Adorno
    14. What to wear? Observation and participation by Jesuit missionaries in late Ming society Willard J. Peterson
    15. Demerits and deadly sins: Jesuit moral tracts in late Ming China Ann Waltner
    Part IV. Observers Observed: Reflections on Encounters in the Age of Captain Cook:
    16. Theatricality of observing and being observed: 'Eighteenth-century Europe' 'discovers' the ?-century Pacific Greg Dening
    17. North America in the era of Captain Cook: three glimpses of Indian European contact in the age of the American Revolution Peter H. Wood
    18. An accidental Australian tourist: or a feminist anthropologist at sea and on land Diane Bell
    19. Circumscribing circumcision/uncircumcision: an essay amidst the history of difficult description James A. Boon
    Part V. Annotated Bibiliography.

  • Editor

    Stuart B. Schwartz, University of Minnesota

    Contributors

    Seymour Phillips, John B. Friedman, Miguel Angel Ladero Quesada, Eduardo Aznar Vallejo, Peter Hulme, David Morgan, James Lockhart, Wyatt MacGaffey, Anthony Reid, Chandra Richard de Silva, Ronald P. Toby, Mary W. Helms, Rolena Adorno, Willard J. Peterson, Ann Waltner, Greg Dening, Peter H. Wood, Diane Bell, James A. Boon

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