Since the 1950s historians of the colonial era in North, South and Central America have extended the frontiers of basic general knowledge enormously; this rich historiographical tradition has generated robust methodological discussions about how to study the European encounter in the light of the experience of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. By bringing together major research reviews by a series of leading scholars, this volume makes it possible to compare directly approaches relating to colonial North America, Brazil, the Spanish borderlands, and the Caribbean.
'…Amy Turner Bushnell has compiled a well-organised and useful set of important contributions to the historiography of the colonial period in New World history.' Hispanic American Historical Review 'European and Non-European Societies and Christianity and Missions along with the other volumes in An Expanding World should become a standard collection for any academic library. The invaluable bibliography, the variety of themes, and the historical problems will engage students of all levels, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral, in many aspects of early modern and world history for years to come.' Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. XXX, No. 1
Contents: Introduction: do the Americas have a comparable colonial history?; A general view of the colonial history of the New World, Silvio Zavala; The old regime in America: a review of recent interpretations of France in America, John C. Rule; Society and economy in the British Caribbean during the 17th and 18th centuries, Jack P. Greene; 'I did the best I could for my day': the study of early black history during the second reconstruction 1960 to 1976, Peter H. Wood; The historiography of the Dutch in colonial America, Joyce D. Goodfriend; The social history of colonial Spanish America: evolution and potential, James Lockhart; Brazil: the colonial period, Stuart B. Schwartz; Reconstructing British-American colonial history: an introduction, Jack P. Greene and J. R. Pole; Some thoughts on colonial historians and American Indians, James H. Merrell; Interpretive frameworks: the quest for intellectual order in early American history, Jack P. Greene; The social and ethnic historiography of colonial Latin America: the last twenty years, John E. Kicza; John Francis Bannon and the historiography of the Spanish borderlands: retrospect and prospect, David J. Weber; The contact of cultures: perspectives on the Quincentenary, Ida Altman and Reginald D. Butler ; Index.