Renaissance Literature | Critical Essay by J. H. Elliott

This literature criticism consists of approximately 10 pages of analysis & critique of Renaissance Literature.
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Critical Essay by J. H. Elliott

SOURCE: "The Uncertain Impact," in The Old World and the New: 1492-1650, Cambridge at the University Press, 1970, pp. 1-27.

In the following essay, Elliott considers the impact of the New World on European thought during the Renaissance, and suggests that "tradition, experience, and expectation were the determinants of vision. "

Nearly three hundred years after Columbus's first voyage of discovery, the Abbé Raynal, that eager inquirer

A map of the world, from the atlas made by John Rotz for Henry VIII, 1542. for Henry VIII, 1542.A map of the world, from the atlas made by John Rotz

after other men's truths, offered a prize for the essay which would best answer the following questions. Has the discovery of America been useful or harmful to mankind? If useful, how can its usefulness be enhanced? If harmful, how can the harm be diminished? Cornelius De Pauw had recently described the discovery of the New World...

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