The Middle Ground

The Middle Ground

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

Book - 1991
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This book steps 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 conprehensible world in the region around the Great Lakes that the French called the pays d'en haut. Here the older worlds of the Algonquians and of 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 re-creation of the Indians as alien and exotic.
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1991.
ISBN: 9780521424608
0521424607
9780521371049
052137104X
Characteristics: xvi, 544 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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