In Europe it was called the Age of Discovery. To the rest of the world, it often meant slavery, epidemic disease, cultural genocide, and wholesale social and economic changes. What happened in the period when Europe first came in contact with the rest of the world? In this new edition of Brian Fagan's Clash of Cultures, the best-selling author offers a series of fascinating cases on the impact of cultural contact, including cultures such as those of the Huron fur traders, South African Khoi Khoi, Tahitians, Japanese, and Aztecs. Each case provides a description of the pre-European culture, the short-term impacts of European contact, and long-term changes caused by the clash of two cultures. Fagan also explores the many advances in the general literature on this period such as the "people without history," world systems analysis, and the debate over Captain Cook. Ideal for courses in cultural anthropology, world history, historical archaeology, ethnic studies, or area studies, as well as for the general reader.
Brian Fagan is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a well-known writer and lecturer on archaeology. He has written several widely used textbooks, and a number of popular books.
chapter 1 Preface and Acknowledgments chapter 2 Author's Note chapter 3 Part I: The Age of Discovery chapter 4 Prologue chapter 5 The Khoi Khoi of the Cape of Good Hope chapter 6 The Aztecs chapter 7 The Consequences of the Spanish Conquest chapter 8 The Land of the Rising Sun chapter 9 Part II: Consequences chapter 10 The Great Dying chapter 11 Noble Savages: The Tahitians chapter 12 The Van Diemeners chapter 13 "The Noble Savage is a Dog!" chapter 14 The Word of God chapter 15 The Fuegians chapter 16 Missionaries at the End of the Earth chapter 17 Part III: Interconnectedness chapter 18 Furs and Firearms: The Huron of Eastern Canada chapter 19 Northwest Coast Indians chapter 20 The Maori chapter 21 The Colonization of New Zealand chapter 22 The Legacy of Inequality chapter 23 Guide to Sources chapter 24 References chapter 25 Index chapter 26 About the Author