Converting California: Indians and Franciscans in the Missions

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Februar 2008



This book is a compelling and balanced history of the California missions and their impact on the Indians they tried to convert. Focusing primarily on the religious conflict between the two groups, it sheds new light on the tensions, accomplishments, and limitations of the California mission experience.James A. Sandos, an eminent authority on the American West, traces the history of the Franciscan missions from the creation of the first one in 1769 until they were turned over to the public in 1836. Addressing such topics as the singular theology of the missions, the role of music in bonding Indians to Franciscan enterprises, the diseases caused by contact with the missions, and the Indian resistance to missionary activity, Sandos not only describes what happened in the California missions but offers a persuasive explanation for why it happened.


James A. Sandos is Farquhar Professor of the Southwest, University of Redlands.


"'Now, James Sandos's Converting California, clearly the best single book to the published about missions in decades, provides the synthesis. Building on his extensive and masterful research Sandos constructs a compelling, highly readable narrative, his major points adeptly illustrated by stories of specific individuals and events. He demonstrates that only by integrating the varied perspectives of mission Indians, non-mission Indians, Spanish and Mexican Franciscans, soldiers, and settlers, and visitors from the outside world can the mission be fully comprehended. Along the way, Sandos poses and provides learned and satisfying answers to the central provocative questions.' Richard J. Orsi, Western Historical Quarterly"
EAN: 9780300136432
ISBN: 0300136439
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2008
Seitenanzahl: 251 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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