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

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 1, 2010 - 576 pages
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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.

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User Review  - DarthDeverell - LibraryThing

In The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650 – 1815, Richard White argues, “The middle ground is the place in between: in between cultures, peoples, and in ... Read full review

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User Review  - AJBraithwaite - LibraryThing

I admit that I didn't read this volume from cover to cover - I had it on interlibrary loan and it was due back before I had time to do it justice, but I learnt a lot from the chapters I did read ... Read full review

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Richard White holds the Margaret Byrne Professorship in American History at Stanford University, California and is widely regarded as one of the nation's leading scholars in three related fields: the American West, Native American history and environmental history. Professor White is the author of five books. The first edition of The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 (1991) was named a finalist for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize. Among other honors, he is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship.

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