The middle ground : Indians, empires, and republics in the Great Lakes region, 1650-1815 / Richard White.
By: White, Richard.
Contributor(s): American Council of Learned Societies.Material type: TextSeries: ACLS Humanities E-book.Cambridge studies in North American Indian history: ; ACLS Humanities E-Book: Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011Edition: 20th anniversary ed.Description: xxxii, 544 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.Subject(s): 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) -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: No titleLOC classification: E99.A35 | W458 2011Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
"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.