The Destruction of the American Indios
By (author) Massimo Livi Bacci
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Conquest by Massimo Livi Bacci
Book DescriptionThe arrival of Europeans in the Americas brought with it a demographic catastrophe of vast proportions for the native populations. What were the causes? The surviving documentation is extraordinarily rich: conquistadors, religious figures, administrators, officials, and merchants kept records, carried out inquiries, and issued edicts. The native world, for its part, has also left eloquent traces of events as well as direct testimony of its harsh subjugation at the hands of the Europeans. Drawing on these sources, Livi Bacci shows how not only the 'imported' diseases but also a series of economic and social factors played a role in the disastrous decline of the native populations. He argues that the catastrophe was not the inevitable outcome of contact with Europeans but was a function of both the methods of the conquest and the characteristics of the subjugated societies. This gripping narrative recounts one of the greatest tragedies of human history, one whose protagonists include figures like Columbus, Montezuma, Atahuallpa, Pizarro, Corts and Tupac Amaru.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745640013
(211mm x 143mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Massimo Livi Bacci
Short History of Migration, Paperback (October 2012)
Translated by Carl Ipsen. This short book provides a succinct and masterly overview of the history of migration, from the earliest movements of human beings out of Africa into Asia and Europe to the present day, exploring along the way those factors that contribute to the successes and failures of migratory groups.
Concise History of World Population, Paperback (March 2012)» View all books by Massimo Livi Bacci
This fifth edition of the essential history of world population is updated with the most recent and significant scholarship on the topic. Reworked sections analyze the impact of environmental and climate change, discuss declining fertility in developing nations, and track the continuing impact of HIV-AIDS.
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Author Biography - Massimo Livi Bacci
Massimo Livi Bacci is Professor of Demography at the University of Florence.
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