By Marc Ferro
This is an exceptionally wide-ranging and interdisciplinary survey of colonization from its origins to the post-colonial international. unique and energetic, it bargains the scholar: * a large concentration that includes Africa, the United States, Asia, Australia, Europe, Japan and the USSR * an interpretation drawn from cultural and social historical past, with sections on fable, literature, movie and philosophy * consistent connection with implications for the current international scenario * a accomplished synthesis of the historical past, context and growth of colonization * a comparative thematic dialogue of the effect of imperialism * huge insurance and research of decolonization.
Very easily, a key booklet for the examine of colonization.
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When a plot was unearthed, Cortez in two hours had more than three thousand men executed. Finally he met Montezuma, asked him to destroy his idols, made him his prisoner and soon ruled in his name while holding him in chains. During these months, Cortez collected 600,000 pesos and sent a fifth to Charles V (the Quinto). He distributed the rest among the soldiers who, crazy with joy, destroyed all the idols. Following a revolt which broke out in spite of the vehement appeals of Montezuma, the Spaniards were forced to flee using a portable bridge, and the remnants of their army, assailed in their camps by flaming arrows, sought refuge with the Tlazcaltecs.
True the Indians might massacre a few preachers if they were not accompanied by soldiers. ” Juan da Silva advocated the use of “soft” methods, as in Florida and even in Peru. An echo of these controversies was found in Rome where, as early as 1568, Pope Pius V set up commissions which were the origins of the Congregation of Propaganda. The concern was mainly to prevent acts of criminal violence, but also to coordinate, under the exclusive control of the Holy See, the action of catholic missions in the world.
Moreover it was Islam that the Portuguese encountered again on reaching India. The tragic end of the Infante Santa, who died in jail in 1443 in the city of Fez, the siege of Granada in which Portuguese soldiers had taken part—these 26 THE INITIATIVES events were still fresh in the memory when Vasco da Gama arrived in Calicut. Geneviève Bouchon has shown that, on the coast of Kerala, whatever was not Muslim did not count. The prohibitions relative to the sea actually affected the Hindu population, as Marco Polo had already observed.