Modernity and Its Other: The Encounter with North American Indians in the Eighteenth Century (Paperback)
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Modernity and Its Other: The Encounter with North American Indians in the Eighteenth Century (Paperback)

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In Modernity and Its Other Robert Woods Sayre examines eighteenth-century North America through discussion of texts drawn from the period. He focuses on this unique historical moment when early capitalist civilization (modernity) in colonial societies, especially the British, interacted closely with Indigenous communities (the "Other") before the balance of power shifted definitively toward the colonizers.

Sayre considers a variety of French perspectives as a counterpoint to the Anglo-American lens, including J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur and Philip Freneau, as well as both Anglo-American and French or French Canadian travelers in "Indian territory," including William Bartram, Jonathan Carver, John Lawson, Alexander Mackenzie, Baron de Lahontan, Pierre Charlevoix, and Jean-Baptiste Trudeau. Modernity and Its Other is an important addition to any North American historian's bookshelf, for it brings together the social history of the European colonies and the ethnohistory of the American Indian peoples who interacted with the colonizers.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803280977
Number of pages: 456
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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"This is an important title for undergraduate and graduate readers."-B. A. Mann, CHOICE -- B. A. Mann * CHOICE *
"This translation and expansion of the original French edition brings an international scholar's perspective and another dimension to the construction of what has been called `the white man's Indian.'"-Colin G. Calloway, author of One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark
-- Colin G. Calloway
"Readers will discover new aspects to French American figures like Crevecoeur and Freneau, as well as the charms of lesser-known travelers such as the Jesuit historian Charlevoix, the renegade officer Lahontan, and the colonial promoters such as John Lawson and Jonathan Carver."-Gordon M. Sayre, author of Les Sauvages Americains: Representations of Native Americans in French and English Colonial Literature
-- Gordon M. Sayre
"This is no tale of the Vanishing Indian (a fable chillingly historicized in the epilogue). By Sayre's account what has vanished, into commodity and property, is the counter-world admired in most of the texts and writers analyzed here, no matter how conflicted their accounts."-Mary Baine Campbell, author of The Witness and the Other World: Exotic European Travel Writing, 400-1600? -- Mary Baine Campbell

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