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From Columbus to Churchill: Heroes, Villains, and Confronting Racism.

S. M. Ghazanfar (Editor), Robert Eddy (Co-Editor)

Availability: Forthcoming
Published: 2021
Page #: xviii + 320
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1568593890
bibliography, index, notes

Quick Overview

This edited volume presents a collection of essays on seven prominent Western historical figures. It is argued that these figures are so firmly canonized for their “unquestioned greatness” that the darker side of the historical process is either overlooked or deliberately suppressed. This book documents the “other” side of these seven famous figures--Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, Afonso de Albuquerque, Andrew Jackson, King Leopold II, Cecil John Rhodes, and Winston Churchill. An additional essay focuses on the roles of several real pirates of the Caribbean, including Sir Francis Drake, Henry Morgan, Sir John Hawkins, Captain Kidd, and Calico Jack. Indeed, the voyages and conquests of Columbus, da Gama, and de Albuquerque were grounded in the 15th-century Papal Bulls, together known as the “Doc-trine of Discovery:” “to invade, capture, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens and pagans and … to reduce them to perpetual slavery. . . and to capture great wealth by force of arms from the Infidels.”
Multiracial full-voiced equality and dignity for all human groups is the commitment of this book in presenting a fair and open analysis of the figures and issues represented. The USA becomes a color ma-jority/white minority country in the next fifteen to twenty years. We have to speed up preparing for the profound opportunities for cooperation and the significant challenges of even fuller racial separations resulting from these developing and overwhelming racial transformations. This book helps us do such intellectual and emotional work of preparing to fully--for all racial groups--becoming a “‘United’ States of America.”


Written by well-established scholars, each essay is based on well-documented, authentic sources.

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S. M. Ghazanfar (Editor)

Dr. S.M. Ghazanfar, Prof./Chair-Emeritus (Economics/History), 1968-2008; Founding Director, International Studies Program, University of Idaho. Author of four books, over 160 refereed/professional publications. Numerous recognitions include Hall of Fame (UK-based), Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Hall of Honors, 2007, Washington State University; Idaho Treasure Award, 2009; Legendary Locals of Idaho, 2013; numerous faculty-excellence/outstanding-faculty awards, and other teaching/research and community honors/awards.
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Robert Eddy (Co-Editor)

Dr. Robert Eddy is originally from the University of Durham, England, where he studied the rhetoric of politics, science, and religion, now a Professor of English Literature, Washington State University, Pullman. Directed academic writing programs at universities in China and Egypt; Director of Composition at this University from 2002 through 2010. He won the University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2001. Has published several peer-reviewed books and professional papers.

Foreword.

Introduction.

Chapter 1. Christopher Columbus (1451-1506): A Saint or Marauding Crusader?
Author: Habeeb Salloum, M.S.M., is a full-time author/free-lance writer, chiefly specializing in Middle-East/African history. His refereed articles have appeared in academic journals, such as Canadian Ethnic Studies, Saskatchewan History, and The Muslim World (Hartford Seminary). He has written several books—e.g., Journey Back to Arab Spain (The Middle East Studies Center, 1994), Arabic Contributions to the English Vocabulary (Librairie du Liban, 1996), and others. Has published articles on Christopher Columbus in the Aramco World and elsewhere. Recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Governor General of Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal for his work in Canadian studies.

Chapter 2. Vasco da Gama’s 1498 Voyage to India:
Messianism, Mercantilism, and Sacred Exploits.
Author: Dr. S.M. Ghazanfar, Prof./Chair-Emeritus (Economics/History), 1968-2008; Founding Director, International Studies Program, University of Idaho. Author of four books, over 160 refereed/professional publications. Numerous recognitions include Hall of Fame (UK-based), Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Hall of Honors, 2007, Wash. State University; Idaho Treasure Award, 2009; Legendary Locals of Idaho, 2013; numerous faculty-excellence/outstanding-faculty awards, and other teaching/research and community honors/awards.

Chapter 3. Alfonso de Albuquerque (1453-1515): The Iron-Handed Governor of Estado de India.
Author: Dr. S. M. Ghazanfar.

Chapter 4. Andrew Jackson (1767-1845): The Audacious Practices of an Unprincipled Man.
Author: Dr. Dianne Baumann, a registered descendent of the Blackfeet Nation, is an assistant professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies at the University of Idaho in Moscow. She received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington (2019). Her dissertation, “Blackfeet Men, ‘Toxic’ Masculinity, and Gender Entanglement,” examines how some Blackfeet men negotiate the entanglements of settler colonialism, gender, and masculinity to provide better lives for themselves and their communities. Her research interests include.

Chapter 5. Legacy of King Leopold II (1835-1909): Colonialism and Conflict in the Congo.
Author: Dr. Akanmu G. Adebayo, professor of history, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia. Formerly Director of the Center for Conflict Management; Executive Director of the Institute for Global Initiatives. Author, co-author, and co-editor of several books, and several articles published in scholarly journals. Latest is a co-edited book entitled "Atone: Religion, Conflict and Reconciliation" (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018). Serves as Series Editor, “Conflict and Security in the Developing World,” for Lexington Books. His current research projects relate to Africa and the African Diaspora.

Chapter 6. Cecil John Rhodes (1853-1902): Victorian Hero, Post-Colonial Villain.
Author: Dr. Paul Maylam, Emeritus Professor of History, Rhodes University, South Africa. Author of six books, and co-editor of a seventh: Rhodes, the Tswana and the British (1981); A History of the African people of South Africa (1986); South Africa’s Racial Past (2001); The Cult of Rhodes (2005); Enlightened Rule (2011); Rhodes University, 1904-2016 (2017).

Chapter 7. Winston Churchill (1874-1965) and His Rhetoric of the Less Than Human.
Author: Dr. Robert Eddy is originally from the University of Durham, England, where he studied the rhetoric of politics, science, and religion, now a Professor of English Literature, Washington State University, Pullman. Directed academic writing programs at universities in China and Egypt; Director of Composition at this University from 2002 through 2010. He won the University of North Carolina Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2001. Has published several peer-reviewed books and professional papers.

Chapter 8. The Historical Pirates of the Caribbean: Heroes or Villains?
Author: Dr. Akanmu G. Adebayo, professor of history, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia. See above.

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