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The Resource Death in the New World : cross-cultural encounters, 1492-1800, Erik R. Seeman

Death in the New World : cross-cultural encounters, 1492-1800, Erik R. Seeman

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Death in the New World : cross-cultural encounters, 1492-1800
Title
Death in the New World
Title remainder
cross-cultural encounters, 1492-1800
Statement of responsibility
Erik R. Seeman
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Reminders of death were everywhere in the New World, from the epidemics that devastated Indian populations and the mortality of slaves working the Caribbean sugar cane fields to the unfamiliar diseases that afflicted Europeans in the Chesapeake and West Indies. According to historian Erik R. Seeman, when Indians, Africans, and Europeans encountered one another, they could not ignore the similarities in their approaches to death. All of these groups believed in an afterlife to which the soul or spirit traveled after death. As a result all felt that corpses--the earthly vessels for the soul or spirit--should be treated with respect, and all mourned the dead with commemorative rituals. Seeman argues that deathways facilitated communication among peoples otherwise divided by language and custom. They observed, asked questions about, and sometimes even participated in their counterparts' rituals. At the same time, insofar as New World interactions were largely exploitative, the communication facilitated by parallel deathways was often used to influence or gain advantage over one's rivals. In Virginia, for example, John Smith used his knowledge of Powhatan deathways to impress the local Indians with his abilities as a healer as part of his campaign to demonstrate the superiority of English culture. Told in a series of engrossing narratives, this book is a landmark study that offers a fresh perspective on the dynamics of cross-cultural encounters and their larger ramifications in the Atlantic world. -- Back Cover
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DLC
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Seeman, Erik R
Dewey number
306.9097
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ1073.5.A45
LC item number
S44 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Early American studies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Death
  • Funeral rites and ceremonies
  • Mourning customs
  • Cross-cultural studies
  • America
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Grief
  • Thanatology
  • Attitude to Death
  • Funeral Rites
  • History, 17th Century
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, Early Modern 1451-1600
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Death in the New World : cross-cultural encounters, 1492-1800, Erik R. Seeman
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: ways of dying, ways of living -- Old worlds of death -- First encounters -- Burial and disinterment in the Chesapeake -- Holy bones and beautiful deaths in New France -- Grave missions: Christianizing death in New England -- Across the waters: African American deathways -- Crossing boundaries, keeping faith: Jewish deathways -- Burial and condolence in the Seven Years' War -- Conclusion: ways of living, ways of dying
Control code
461323942
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
372 pages
Isbn
9780812242294
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009043381
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)461323942
Label
Death in the New World : cross-cultural encounters, 1492-1800, Erik R. Seeman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: ways of dying, ways of living -- Old worlds of death -- First encounters -- Burial and disinterment in the Chesapeake -- Holy bones and beautiful deaths in New France -- Grave missions: Christianizing death in New England -- Across the waters: African American deathways -- Crossing boundaries, keeping faith: Jewish deathways -- Burial and condolence in the Seven Years' War -- Conclusion: ways of living, ways of dying
Control code
461323942
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
372 pages
Isbn
9780812242294
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009043381
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)461323942

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