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Author White, Richard, 1947-

Title The middle ground [electronic resource] : Indians, empires, and republics in the Great Lakes region, 1650-1815 / Richard White.

Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe ACLS Humanities E-Book  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Edition 20th anniversary ed.
Description xxxii, 544 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Series Studies in North American Indian history
Cambridge studies in North American Indian history.
ACLS Humanities E-Book.
Reproduction Electronic text and image data. Ann Arbor, Mich. : University of Michigan, Michigan Publishing, 2013. Includes both TIFF files and keyword searchable text. ([ACLS Humanities E-Book]) Mode of access: Intranet.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 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.
Summary "An acclaimed book and widely acknowledged classic, The Middle Ground 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 other, 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 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. First published in 1991, the 20th anniversary edition includes a new preface by the author examining the impact and legacy of this study"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Algonquian Indians -- Great Lakes Region (North America) -- History.
Algonquian Indians -- First contact with Europeans -- Great Lakes Region (North America)
Indians of North America -- Great Lakes Region (North America) -- History.
Indians of North America -- First contact with Europeans -- Great Lakes Region (North America)
Great Lakes Region (North America) -- History.
Added Author American Council of Learned Societies.
In: ACLS Humanities E-Book. URL:
Other Form: Original 9781107005624 9780521183444 (DLC) 2010034929

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