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A Blunted Impact?

Questions

  • Is John Elliott correct to claim that exploration of the new world provoked relatively little interest in sixteenth-century Europe?

Required Readings

 
Please read ONE of the following:

  • Elliott, John, The Old World and the New, 1492-1650, Canto (Cambridge, 1970), chapter 1: ‘The Uncertain Impact’.
  • Elliott, John, Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America, 1492-1830, Yale University Press (New Haven, 2007), Introduction.
  • Elliott, John, ‘Renaissance Europe and America: A Blunted Impact?’, in First Images of America: The Impact of the New World on the Old, ed. Fredi Chiappelli, University of California Press (Berkeley, 1976), vol. 1, pp. 11-26.

Additional Readings

  • Brandon, William, New Worlds for Old: Reports from the New World and their Effect on the Development of Social Thought in Europe, 1500-1800, Ohio University Press (Athens, 1986).
  • Burke, Peter, ‘America and the Rewriting of World History’, in America in European Consciousness, 1493-1750, ed. Karen Ordahl Kupperman, University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill, 1995).
  • Lowell, Henry, ‘The New World and the European Catalogue of Nature’, in America in European Consciousness, 1493-1750, ed. Karen Ordahl Kupperman, University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill, 1995).