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Illiterate savage crushes noble European in debate

The 16 and 1700s were a fabulous time for discovering other societies. As European empires took shape, military and religious institutions encountered and recorded the ways of natives all over the world. They took the time to learn the languages and interact with people in their own environments, learning (and rejecting) their ways. Not as anthropologists looking back, but as ethnographers, in real time. Before natives became (legally) subhumans to be removed and eliminated through disease, denigration, displacement and death, they were treated with some level of…

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David Wineberg

David Wineberg

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Author, The Straight Dope, or What I learned from my first thousand nonfiction reviews. 16 Essays. Free with Prime www.thestraightdope.net