Ceremonies of Possession in Europe's Conquest of the New by Patricia Seed

By Patricia Seed

This paintings of comparative historical past explores the array of ceremonies that the English, the Spanish, the French, the Portuguese and the Dutch played to enact their taking ownership of the hot global. The ebook develops the ancient cultural contexts of those ceremonies, and tackles the consequences of those histories for modern geographical regions of the post-colonial period.

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