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Indigenous continent : the epic contest for North America / Pekka Hämäläinen.

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library 970.0049 HAM (Text) 33500013674841 New Reshelving -
Moorhead Public Library 970.0049 HAM (Text) 33500013674858 New In transit -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781631496998
  • ISBN: 1631496999
  • Physical Description: xiv, 571 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2022]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction : The myth of colonial America -- The world on the turtle's back -- The egalitarian continent -- Blind conquests -- Terra nullius -- The Powhatan empire -- Wars at the water's edge -- The Pequots shall no more be called Pequots -- The rise of the five nations league -- Enemies of the faith -- The power of weakness -- The English as a little child -- Metacom's challenge -- Virginia's civil and uncivil wars -- The great southwestern rebellion -- Holding the line -- They smelled like alligators -- An infinity of rancherías -- Magic dogs -- Wars to the end of the world -- British America besieged -- Worldly and otherworldly wars of independence -- A second Chinese wall -- The American crucible -- Western promises -- The white devil with his mouth wide open -- The long removal era -- The Comanche ascendancy -- The Lakota shield -- Epilogue : Revenge and revival.
Summary, etc.:
"This nation's history and self-understanding have long depended on the notion of a "colonial America," an epoch that supposedly laid the foundation for the modern United States. In Indigenous Continent, Pekka Hämäläinen overturns the traditional, Eurocentric narrative, demonstrating that, far from being weak and helpless "victims" of European colonialism, Indigenous peoples controlled North America well into the 19th century. From the Iroquois and Pueblos to the Lakotas and Comanches, Native empires frequently decimated white newcomers in battle, forcing them to accept and even adopt Native ways. Even as the white population skyrocketed and colonists' land greed become ever more extravagant, Indigenous peoples flourished due to sophisticated diplomacy and flexible leadership structures. As Hämäläinen ultimately contends, instead of "colonial America" we should speak of an "Indigenous America" that was only slowly and unevenly becoming colonial. In our myth-busting era, this restoration of Native Americans to their rightful place at the very center of American history will be seen as one of the most important correctives yet"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 August #1
    Native scholars like Dina Gilio-Whitaker and Ned Blackhawk have long worked to correct the version of American history that emphasizes anemic Indigenous resistance and the inevitability of white westward expansion. Hämäläinen (The Comanche Empire, 2008; Lakota America, 2019) builds on their work in a magisterial chronicle of Native agency in the face of settler colonialism. For centuries after first contact, Indigenous nations employed a strategic blend of diplomacy, trade, and warfare to limit European and American influence, playing the colonial powers against each other to secure advantageous trade routes and treaties. In general, the most numerous losses of life among Native nations were attributable to encounters with European diseases rather than European military forces. Although the colonizing powers claimed ownership over an ever-growing swath of the continent, Hämäläinen argues that they typically lacked the resources to enforce that ownership, leaving space for Indigenous nations to maintain and expand their own spheres of influence. Essential reading for fans of Beacon Press' ReVisioning History series and any reader seeking a more complete understanding of American history. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Indians of North America > History.
Indians of North America > Government relations > 1789-1869.
Indians of North America.
Indians of North America > Government relations.
Genre: History.

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