Middle Ground Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815

ISBN-10: 0521424607
ISBN-13: 9780521424608
Edition: 1991
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Description: This book seeks to step outside the simple stories of Indian/white relations--stories of conquest and assimilation and stories of cultural persistence. It is, instead, about a search for accommodation and common meaning. It tells how Europeans and  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.99
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/27/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 562
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

This book seeks to step outside the simple stories of Indian/white relations--stories of conquest and assimilation and stories of cultural persistence. It is, instead, about a search for accommodation and common meaning. It tells how Europeans and Indians met, regarding each other as alien, as virtually nonhuman, and how between 1650 and 1815 they constructed a common, mutually comprehensible world in the region around the Great Lakes that the French called the "Pays d'en haut". Here the older worlds of the Algonquins and various Europeans overlapped, and their mixture created new systems of meaning and of exchange. Finally, the book tells of the breakdown of accommodation and common meanings and the recreation of the Indians as alien and exotic. The process of accommodation described in this book takes place in a middle ground, a place in between cultures and peoples, and in between empires and non-state villages. On the middle ground people try to persuade others who are different than themselves by appealing to what they perceive to be the values and practices of those others. From the creative misunderstandings that result, there arise shared meanings and new practices.

Richard White MSc (Med Sci) MBChB FRCR Specialty Registrar Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

Frederick E. Hoxie is Swanlund Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the author of several books, including The People: A History of Native America . Jay T. Nelson is a program assistant at the D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History, the Newberry Library.

Neal Salisbury, Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor Emeritus in the Social Sciences (History), at Smith College, received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of MANITOU AND PROVIDENCE: INDIANS, EUROPEANS, AND THE MAKING OF NEW ENGLAND, 1500-1643 (1982), editor of THE SOVEREIGNTY AND GOODNESS OF GOD, by Mary Rowlandson (1997), and co-editor, with Philip J. Deloria, of THE COMPANION TO AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY (2002). With R. David Edmunds and Frederick E. Hoxie, he has written THE PEOPLE: A HISTORY OF NATIVE AMERICA (2007). He has contributed numerous articles to journals and edited collections and co-edits a book series, CAMBRIDGE STUDIES IN NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY. He is active in the fields of colonial and Native American history and has served as president of the American Society for Ethnohistory and on the Council of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.

List of abbreviations
Introduction
Refugees: a world made of fragments
The middle ground
The fur trade
The alliance
Republicans and rebels
The clash of empires
Pontiac and the restoration of the middle ground
The British alliance
The contest of villagers
Confederacies
The politics of benevolence
Assimilation and otherness
Index

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