The Americas.(Brief Article)(Bibliography)

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The Americas.(Brief Article)(Bibliography)


Linkings exploration and American history, Erikson, Eskimos and Columbus: Medieval European Knowledge of America by James Robert Enterline (Johns Hopkins, 31 [pounds sterling]) examines the notion that long before Columbus `discovered' America, Europe already had detailed cartography transmitted from the Inuit people to the Vikings.

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A broad study of the history of the development and sculpting of the continent is offered in another new work, American Colonies by Alan Taylor (Penguin, 25 [pounds sterling]).

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Challenging traditional perceptions, Facing East from Indian Country, by Daniel K. Richter (Harvard University Press, 26 [pounds sterling]) argues that before the Revolution the Native peoples successfully reinvented themselves to be incorporated in a world of European transatlantic empires.

A contrasting viewpoint is put in The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South 1670-1717, by Alan Gallay (Yale University Press, 35 [pounds sterling]), the first book to focus on this trade.

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville (University of Chicago Press, 13 [pounds sterling]) is a new translation of the political and philosophical locus classicus, edited by Harvey C. Mansfield and Delba Winthrop.

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Redcoats: The British Soldier and War in the Americas, 1755-1763 by Stephen Brumwell (Cambridge University Press, 25 [pounds sterling]) re-evaluates the spirit and prowess of the Georgian army in the Seven Years' War.

The Union Divided: Party Conflict in the Civil War North by Mark E. …

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