Rivers of Blood, Rivers of Gold by Mark Cocker
Europe's Conquest of Indigenous Peoples

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The past five centuries a shocking series of confrontations have witnessed between European nations and millions of indigenous peoples, and these cultural encounters still resonate strongly to this day. Rivers of Blood, Rivers of Gold is an essential book for understanding the true impact of imperialism. Beautifully and passionately written, it provides a judicious and exhaustively researched indictment of European exploitation. Focusing on four collisions between Europeans and indigenous cultures -- the conquest of Mexico, the British onslaught on the Tasmanian Aborigines, the uprooting of the Apaches, and the German campaign against the tribes of Southwest Africa -- Mark Cocker illuminates the fundamental experiences that underlay the colonial experience around the globe.

Beyond making a persuasive -- and balanced -- case against colonialism, Cocker also sustains a riveting, often harrowing story. Rivers of Blood, Rivers of Gold is narrative history in its most impressive form -- engaging, accessible, and thought provoking.

 

About Mark Cocker

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Mark Cocker is the author of an acclaimed biography (shorlisted for the Angel Literary Award) of Britain's most colorful ornithologist, Richard Meinertzhagen, as well as Loneliness and Time and Rivers of Blood, Rivers of Gold.
 
Published May 1, 2000 by Grove Pr. 416 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Perhaps Cocker's fervent and entertaining prose should warn us about how readily we accept progress as an answer to war, conquest, and genocide.

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While Cocker attacks the idea of progress as a justification for conquest—arguing that even the present age is no exception to the patterns of the past 500 years—he insists that we must make progress toward a more fuller understanding of European crimes if we are to make native peoples’ history a...

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Advancing the revisionist tradition, Cocker's book demonstrates the gruesome similarities among events usually seen as radically disparate: the Spanish conquest of Mexico, the British takeover of Tasm

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