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How to write the history of the New World : histories, epistemologies, and identities in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world

Author: Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2001.
Series: Cultural sitings.
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"In the mid-eighteenth century, the French naturalist Buffon contended that the New World was in fact geologically new - that it had recently emerged from the waters - and that dangerous miasmas had caused all organic life on the continents to degenerate. In the "dispute of the New World" many historians, naturalists, and moral philosophers from Europe and the Americas (including Thomas Jefferson) sought to either  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra
ISBN: 0804740844 9780804740845 0804746931 9780804746939
OCLC Number: 45137647
Description: xviii, 450 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Toward a New Art of Reading and New Historical Interpretations --
Philosophical Travelers and the Humanist Art of Reading --
Compilations of Travel Narratives --
Cornelius de Pauw's New Art of Reading --
The Critique of Classical Analogies in the Historiography of the New World --
Conjectural and Philosophical Histories of America --
Amerindians as Evidence --
The Pursuit of Objectivity --
New Similes, Same Historiography --
Changing European Interpretations of the Reliability of Indigenous Sources --
Primitive Scripts, Reliable Historical Documents --
Philology, Collation, and Translation --
Images as Sources in the Early Modern European World --
Curiosities, Renaissance Humanists, and Amerindian Scripts --
Conjectural Histories of Writing --
Natural Histories of the Mind --
Amerindian Sources in Eighteenth-Century European Historiography --
Historiography and Patriotism in Spain --
The Travails of Lorenzo Boturini --
Boturini's Idea de una nueva historia general de la America Septentrional --
Clashing Patriotic Agendas --
Boturini's Ciclografia --
Empires Are Lost or Won in the Struggle over Naming and Remembering --
The Royal Academy of History and the History of the New World, 1755-1770 --
The First Debate --
The Council of the Indies and the Academy --
The Second Debate --
The Archive of the Indies --
The Reception of Robertson's History of America --
Footnoting Robertson's History --
The Anonymous Review --
Juan Nuix's Riflessioni imparziali --
Ramon Diosdado Caballero --
Juan Bautista Munoz --
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Series Title: Cultural sitings.
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schema:reviewBody""In the mid-eighteenth century, the French naturalist Buffon contended that the New World was in fact geologically new - that it had recently emerged from the waters - and that dangerous miasmas had caused all organic life on the continents to degenerate. In the "dispute of the New World" many historians, naturalists, and moral philosophers from Europe and the Americas (including Thomas Jefferson) sought to either confirm or refute Buffon's views. This book maintains that the "dispute" was also a debate over historical authority: upon whose sources and facts should naturalists and historians reconstruct the history of the continent and its peoples?" "The author traces the cultural processes that led early-modern intellectuals on both sides of the Atlantic to question primary sources that had long been considered authoritative: Mesoamerican codices, early colonial Spanish chronicles, and travel accounts. In the process, he demonstrates how the writings of these critics led to the rise of the genre of conjectural history. The book also adds to the literature on nation formation by exploring the creation of specific identities in Spain and Spanish America by means of particular historical narratives and institutions. Finally, it demonstrates that colonial intellectuals went beyond mirroring or contesting European ideas and put forth daring and original critiques of European epistemologies that resulted in substantially new historiographical concepts."--Jacket."
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