History, Narrative, West
This introductory chapter explains the theme of the book, which is about the historical imagination in the narration of the European conquest of Native America. The book traces a critical genealogy of the narrative traditions through which historians, philosophers, anthropologists, and literary critics have understood the European occupation of Native America. This chapter explains that historical imagination is typically embodied in some study, attitude, or topic, and that this critical process is parasitic on specific histories.
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