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

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Cambridge University Press, 1991 - History - 544 pages
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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.
  

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Review: The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 (Cambridge Studies in North American Indian History)

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This book is a classic and I can't disagree. I can't say more about this book than has been said by every notable historian and publication for the last 20 years. While incredibly extensive and ... Read full review

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Contents

Refugees a world made of fragments
1
The middle ground
50
The fur trade
94
The alliance
142
Republicans and rebels
186
The clash of empires
223
Pontiac and the restoration of the middle ground
269
The British alliance
315
The contest of villagers
366
Confederacies
413
The politics of benevolence
469
Assimilation and otherness
518
Index
525
Copyright

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Richard White, professor of History at the University of Washington in Seattle, is the author of "The Middle Ground" and "It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own" and the recipient of the Albert J. Beveridge and Western Heritage awards.

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