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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A story of extreme violence, genocide, and biological warfare perpetretated against people because they occupied a land the Europeans wanted. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Make this your default list. Let me remind you this stannrad such as health care, land and treaty rights, about U.

American Holocaust

He has lectured throughout the United States, in Europe, and in Asia. It’s a not like any holocaust that ever happened since. It is an ideology that remains dangerously alive today, he adds, and one that in recent years has surfaced in American justifications for large-scale military intervention in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Working from source materials written by the Europeans themselvesit’s devastating and damning, unfathomable in its violence and degradation.

Feb 11, jeanette rated it it was amazing.

Pestilence and Genocide Chapter 3 Relying largely upon the work amerrican Lawrence Stone regarding conditions in Early Modern Europe, Stannard paints a horrific picture of life in Europe at the time when Columbus sailed for the Indies.

Though initially driven out of the city, they regrouped and attacked again.

Army’s massacre of Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in the s–the indigenous inhabitants of North and South America endured an unending firestorm of violence. However, despite what the book title suggests, it does not stop at the near annihilation of the Native Americans, but takes some venture into the Vietnam war, talking about the general’s dehumanization of the Southeast Asian “gooks” and “slopes” and “dinks,” in a war that reduced the human dead on the enemy side to “body counts,” American troops in Vietnam removed and saved Vietnamese body parts as keepsakes of their tours of duty, just as their fathers had done in World War Two.


Stannard begins with a portrait of the enormous richness and diversity of life in the Americas prior to Columbus’s fateful voyage in Stannard’s book might best be used by graduate students and faculty cognizant of the need to place this information within the context of the literature about Europeans in the New World. Jan 22, Alecia Engelmann rated it it was amazing.

For four hundred years–from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the s to the U. As difficult as it was to read this history, I feel like this is a book every American should be required to read.

David Stannard

This text will likely leave you angry, numb and in tears in the face of the raw brutality that was the European conquest of the “new world. Digging deeply into ancient European and Christian attitudes toward sex, race, and war, he finds the cultural ground well prepared by the end of the Middle Ages for the centuries-long genocide campaign that Europeans and their descendants launched–and in places continue to wage–against the New World’s original inhabitants.

Stannard documents the destruction of the Western Hemisphere’s native population, and it is horrifying. Of course such a version of events being true does not take away from the tragedy of this narrative or negate the guilt of certain Europeans but if the case stated in more contemporary research is true then it does weaken stannards argument that the large scale loss of life was a result of systematic slaughter or Genocide.

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American holocaust : the conquest of the New World

A proper government set up and polity, abundance in food, wealth in gold and other precious metals was a common thing in territorial units.

Jun 27, Matthew Griffiths rated it liked it. At once sweeping in scope and meticulously detailed, Stqnnard Holocaust is a work of impassioned scholarship that is certain to ignite intense historical and moral debate. A provocative account for public and academic libraries. He was born to Florence E.

Even when we did have an idea of the magnitude of destruction that took place, teachers minimized the grandeur of places like Tenochtitlan. Army’s massacre of Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in the s–the indigenous inhabitants ztannard North and South America endured an unending firestorm of violence.

Retrieved from ” https: Overall, worth a read although perhaps a little outdated in a field that has developed greatly since the initial publication of this work Failing to find gold, the Iberians instead set up encomienda plantations on Hispaniola and enslaved the natives to provide a labor force.

Stannard gives a vivid image of the Indian cultures of pre-Columbian times, but he also paints a vivid picture of Reformationist Europe — a Europe in the middle of the Spanish Inquisition, hating on everybody from Catholics to Jews to Muslims on down, using witchcraft and the Other as a scapegoat and an outlet for their repressed frustrations and aggressions.

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.

Most died on the way.