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1492 and All That Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0896331747 ISBN-10: 0896331741 Edition: First Edition

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  • Hardcover: 150 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of America; First Edition edition (August 27, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896331741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896331747
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,605,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Royal (Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center) takes issue with the "politically correct" image of rapacious Europeans coming into contact with idyllic Native Americans living at peace with their environment. He systematically rebuts some of the harsher charges aimed at Columbus, the role of Christian missionaries, and the values of Western civilization in general. While he does not condone the evils that occurred, the author vigorously argues against characterizing complex events in black-and-white terms and distorting the past to further a present political agenda. His work is a good choice for those libraries seeking a conservative view of a controversial issue. Royal would likely place Huyghe among those who "preemptively" slight Columbus by affirming earlier discoverers who "left few signs and almost no written records." Huyghe's work, a rehash of what evidence there is of pre-Columbian discovery, includes a good chapter on the arrival of the ancestors of present-day Native Americans. The book's value is diminished by the author's advocacy, along with such proven claims as early settlement by Norsemen, of claims that are either insubstantial (e.g., Japanese, Irish) or outright dubious (e.g., Roman, Chinese). Not recommended.
- William F. Young, SUNY at Albany Lib.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Robert Royal is the vice president for research of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jay Breeding on July 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
All of history is revisionist history. History, or rather our interpretation of it, is constantly revised with the passage of time as we wrestle with the realities of it. In his relatively short book "1492 And All That" (it is only 170 pages long), Robert Royal grapples with the latest revision of the Columbian legacy. Without apologizing for the sins of Columbus and European culture on the American continent, Royal's scholarly approach brings back to his readers sanity in the discussion of the legacies left by both Columbus and the Native peoples he found here. As a teacher of U.S. history I found this an extremely balanced view of the facts which he well documents throughout his book. I had read James Loewen's book, "Lies My Teacher Told Me", and some of Kirkpatrick Sale's "The Conquest of Paradise" before I found this book. Sale seems to condemn all European culture while praising all things non-European, especially Native American cultures. Loewen's main purpose is to argue for a more balanced look at the study of U.S. history, but in the process, whether intentionally or not, leaves his readers with the same impression of European and non-European cultures as does Sale. While it is best to agree with Loewen's contention that we must be brutally honest when examining our history, even when it offends the traditional portrait of our heroes, we should also be skeptical that any one race or culture offers superior purity of values while another is purely contemptible. What Royal does in his book is challenge the reader to examine the whole of the evidence about Columbus and the pre-Columbian native cultures.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Locksley - lover of truth on February 20, 2013
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Sellar and Yeats (failed Oxon) wrote "1066 And All that" the standard by which all historical parodies and satires are measured.

This work uses the title but none of the wit of the orignal and so sets up the knowledgeable reader, expecting a humorous look at history, for a fall.

This is not to say that the history relayed in this book is wrong or poorly written. On the contrary, it's peachy. But it's too straight-forward for the title. Readers will learn a great deal, and an honest appraisal of the Catholic Church's true history, not the gunk that passes for such as found in most elementary-junior high and high schools, not to mention too many college- and university courses.
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