This work of comparative history explores the array of ceremonies that the English, the Spanish, the French, the Portuguese and the Dutch performed to enact their taking possession of the New World. The book develops the historic cultural contexts of these ceremonies, and tackles the implications of these histories for contemporary nation-states of the post-colonial era.In each case, one side defined the othera#39;s legal practices and customs as inadequate because they neglected to perform a ... Contemporary nationalism combines cultural hostility to unfamiliar practices with a heightened and widespreadanbsp;...
|Title||:||Ceremonies of Possession in Europe's Conquest of the New World, 1492-1640|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press - 1995-10-27|