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Geopolitics and Language in the Christopher Columbus Era

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  • Daniela Koch-Kozhuharova

    () (University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria)

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The research is aiming to approach Geopolitics in the Columbus era by diachronic comparative analysis based on the eternal axis values-interests. The broad range of multifaceted opinions with regard to the assessment of America’s conquest by the so called conquistadors was launched by the Spaniards themselves, who were contemporaries of the historic events that took place back then, events which, to quote Tsvetan Todorov, made the world a closed place by their attempts to frame in both legislative and moral terms the emerging social, economic and other relations „with” and ”on” the newly discovered territories. In the more modern times, these assessments in Spain acquire political dimensions, facilitating in scope between descriptions such as physical and cultural genocide to knightly courage in the name of Christ. However, there is no doubt that what serves as grist in the mill, whether justifiably or not, in the vilification of the Spanish enterprise are the political rivals of Spain back in the 15th century, when the country did not shy away from transforming itself within less than a year from a territory that had been dominated for centuries on end by the Arabs to an expansionistic country. While the Anglo-Saxon model for invasion creates preserves, the Spanish model creates a society of mestizos, mulattos and creols. Thå pathos of denial is now-a-days partially calmed down and an entire continent speaks Spanish, while the globalizing world is dancing to the latino rhythm.

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  • Daniela Koch-Kozhuharova, 2019. "Geopolitics and Language in the Christopher Columbus Era," Nauchni trudove, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria, issue 4, pages 75-88, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:nwe:natrud:y:2019:i:4:p:75-88
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    Keywords

    geopolitical orientation; values; expansion; foreign policy; language;

    JEL classification:

    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification
    • Z18 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Public Policy

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