By Marc Ferro

This is an exceptionally wide-ranging and interdisciplinary survey of colonization from its origins to the post-colonial international. unique and full of life, it deals the scholar: * a large concentration that includes Africa, the US, Asia, Australia, Europe, Japan and the USSR * an interpretation drawn from cultural and social background, with sections on fable, literature, movie and philosophy * consistent connection with implications for the current global scenario * a complete synthesis of the historical past, context and growth of colonization * a comparative thematic dialogue of the impression of imperialism * broad assurance and research of decolonization.

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It was King John of Portugal to whom Christopher Columbus appealed, about 1484, for supplies of all that was necessary for him to reach Cipangu (Japan) by way of the west, for indeed it was from Portugal that all the voyages started. The king consulted his cosmographers who advised him against that crazy scheme. As Fernand Braudel puts it, “the Portuguese have always preferred scientific certainties to idle fancies… That was how they lost America. ” As a matter of fact they were the first to go sailing south.

The majority of them came from Estremadura, and the others mainly from Castile. When one contrasts this small number, which finally rose to between fifty and a hundred thousand a century after the conquest, with the millions of deaths caused by their arrival, to the demographic collapse of the indigenous population which seems to have fallen from eleven to less than one million, one cannot help observing that, never in history, have so few men have made so many victims, either voluntarily—by the massacres—or otherwise.

On 1 February 1614 an edict of the Bakufu, the shogunal system, decreed the expulsion of those missionories who had come under the pretext of indulging in trade, but were actually bent on destroying the Buddhist faith and on changing the political law of Japan. Two decades later the country closed its door to the West (1639). Meanwhile, with the outbreak of troubles which might have been caused by groups of Christians, an alliance with the Dutch was envisaged with a view to launching a punitive expedition against the Philippines.

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