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Stolen Continents; A Spirited Resistance; & Marvellous Possessions

By John Hemming | Published in 1992 
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John Hemming reviews three publications on the New World

  • Stolen Continents. The Indian Story
    Ronald Wright - John Murray, 1992 - xii+424 pp. - £19.95
  • A Spirited Resistance. The North American Indian Struggle, 1745-1815
    Gregory Evans Dowd - The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991 - xxiv+261 pp. - $24.95
  • Marvellous Possessions. The Wonder Of The New World
    Stephen Greenblatt - Clarendon Press, 1992 - 202 pp. - £33.50

There has been a veritable flotilla of conferences, seminars, documentary films and publications to mark this fifth centenary year of Columbus' voyage. Their organisers have invariably sought to avoid glorification of the Genoan sailor, but to present his 'discovery' from the point of view of its American Indian victims. Now, at last, a book has triumphantly achieved this.

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