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Columbus and the Crisis of the West

by Robert Royal

"This book is a revised and expanded edition of 1492 and All That: Political Manipulations of History (Washington D.C.: Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1992). Chapter 7, revised for this edition, first appeared in the Intercollegiate Review (Spring 1998). The appendix is adapted from "Columbus and the Beginning of the World," First Things (May 1999)"--Title page verso.

After decades of politically charged controversy, the reputation and standing of Christopher Columbus lies battered beneath mountains of misjudgments and distortions. The surge of historical revisionism now ravaging the legendary explorer insists that his daring adventures brought only tragic consequences: disease, death, subjugation of native peoples, incitement of the African slave trade, destruction of the environment, and other horrors.

But is this a legitimate assessment of Europe's inevitable western expansion?

In Columbus and the Crisis of the West, Dr. Robert Royal carefully examines the mind and motives of Christopher Columbus, distinguishing him as the greatest explorer of his age, whose courage and vision extended Christian Europe and inspired the American spirit.

Yet you won't find here a full-throated defense of Christopher Columbus. Rather, Dr. Royal examines what actually happened in the decades following 1492, when two widely divergent cultures met and mingled. Refusing to ignore or underplay the tragedies of America's origins, Royal masterfully places these events in historical context, protecting them from the contemporary biases that are moving forward at ramming speed to crush fragile truths.

In these pages you'll explore Columbus's spirituality and the apocalyptic vision that guided him, as well as the disparate ways in which Puritans and Catholics viewed and approached the indigenous peoples. You'll also discover what life was really like for them, the truth about Indian environmentalism, the essence of the "noble savage," and the soundness of the claim that the native peoples were innocents living in harmony with nature.

Binding: Paperback  336pp.
Pub Date: September 17, 2020
SBN: 1644134055    EAN: 9781644134054