In his review of my book, American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World [NYR, June 24], J. H. Elliott does not take issue. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Stannard, David E. American holocaust: Columbus and the conquest of the. New World I David E. Stannard. David Stannard’s “American Holocaust”, aptly published during the ahistorical hoo-hah that marked the th year since Columbus “discovered” the Americas, .

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At once sweeping in scope and meticulously detailed, American Holocaust is a work of impassioned scholarship that is certain to ignite intense historical dtannard moral debate.

Choose your country or region Close. Jul 21, Ramiro Guerra rated it it was amazing. Jul 02, Dsvid Ross rated it really liked it Shelves: The book is more academic than it is “popular history,” meaning it can be dry and overly deferential to its sources, and it wades into disputes among historians that won’t interest the lay reader.

A book that must be red.

American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World by David E. Stannard

For four hundred years–from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the s to the U. A far reaching codex permeated with a means of humane thinking and rationale that shall one day serve as a bedrock for ancient and enduring knowledge regarding the human condition. Stannard begins with a portrait of the enormous richness and diversity of life in the Americas prior to Columbus’s fateful voyage in The author has taken an incredible amount of data and applied contemporary anthropological, demographic, and historical techniques to synthesize a comprehensive piece of scholarship.

Indians — First contact with Europeans. Las Casas recorded sickening scenes of wanton cruelty.

May 18, Amjad Al Taleb rated it it was amazing Shelves: There were times when I had to put the book down every ten pages or so to keep the top of my head from blowing off, but the book in itself is very well-written and offers some explanation as to why and how the Europeans that landed in the West Indies and the Americas could do and stomach the kind of atrocities they committed. Chapter 2 In an introductory account that covers the pre-contact Indians that ranges from a treatment of Mississippian to Anasazi cultures and up to California, Stannard impresses the reader with the diversity of native civilizations.


This book is a must-read about the history of the Americas and the present of the world in general. Kirch and Jean-Louis Rallu, eds.

This book is difficult to review. Very, I am unhappy holcoaust say Very, I am unhappy to say Stannard begins with a portrait of the enormous richness and diversity of life in the Americas prior to Columbus’s fateful voyage in Nov 04, Ignacio Elola rated it it was amazing Shelves: Peaceable Kingdom Lost Kevin Kenny.

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Stannard presents his case that ‘it is impossible to know what transpired in the Americas during the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries and not conclude that it was genocide’. Las Casas recorded sickening scenes of wanton cruelty.

But apart from that, you can see similarities between then and now, e. Jun 02, John rated it it was amazing. Stannard reveals that wherever Europeans or white Americans went, the native people were caught between imported plagues and barbarous atrocities, typically resulting in the annihilation of 95 percent of their populations.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The final part looks into what it was, within European culture, religion and institutions that allowed, condoned, celebrated and facilitated this genocide; comparison is also made with future genocides, and its hardly a suprise to learn that Hitler was an admirer of what the British and subsequently the United States achieved vis-a-vis the Native Americans, and referred to Jews, Slavs and others he was slaughtering on a industrial scale at industrial speed as “Red Indians”.


A book that took a long time to finish. Indigenous peoples of the Americas Mexica Movement Population history of indigenous peoples of the Americas. He is currently a writer and professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Hawaiiwhere he was awarded the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in teaching. He also mentions some genocidal attitudes of American soldiers during the first Iraq war.

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I thought I knew something about the native american peoples but this book made me realize that I had absolutely no idea neither about the populations and civilizations of the continents before the Spanish invasion nor about the size of the genocide and the brutality of the atrocities the Europeans committed during the centuries since their arrival.

Sadly many people do not want to hear that. When combined with their massive greed, the belief that the peoples of these regions were savages lead the explorers to commit atrocities of gargantuan proportions. Project Gutenberg 0 editions. I particularly loved the analyses part where the writer goes back till the beginning of Christendom and also travels till the latest Iraq war into explaining what happenedwhy it happenedwhat social and political phenomena aided it and how it has not stopped.

David Stannard insists that we do. And then I had to mentally prepare myself for already knowing the “ending” of this tale, because I’m literally living in it. In concluding his account, Stannard wants to strike a note of balance.

Next in line are the great accomplishments of Incan civilization and finally a discussion of the Arawaks of Northern Brazil, which provides a lead in to the discussion of the Arawaks of Hispaniola, which Columbus encountered on his voyages.

It’s the least compelling section, but necessary structurally for the rest.