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The embattled Northeast : the elusive ideal of alliance in Abenaki-Euramerican relations

Author: Kenneth M Morrison
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1984.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Embattled Northeast breaks with established wisdom concerning the dynamics of Indian-white relations. It shows that Euramericans' technological superiority did not undermine the Abenaki's self-confidence, but that trade pushed the tribes toward reaching an alliance among themselves as the first step in dealing with colonials. The study also tells how the Abenaki adapted to the post-contact world in order to  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth M Morrison
ISBN: 0520051262 9780520051263
OCLC Number: 10072696
Description: x, 256 pages, [2] pages of plates : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the comparative challenge of Indian-White relations --
Fish, fur, and discord : the struggle toward alliance --
The sacred and the profane : the social ideologies of contact --
Social demons and religious dreams : the creation of the Abenaki-French alliance --
Politics of law and persuasion : English and French contrasted --
Seeking neutrality : Abenaki diplomacy in intercolonial relations --
Ideals and actualities : the behavioral ironies of alliance.
Responsibility: Kenneth M. Morrison.

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"The Embattled Northeast breaks with established wisdom concerning the dynamics of Indian-white relations. It shows that Euramericans' technological superiority did not undermine the Abenaki's self-confidence, but that trade pushed the tribes toward reaching an alliance among themselves as the first step in dealing with colonials. The study also tells how the Abenaki adapted to the post-contact world in order to secure their lives in religious terms, combining their own religious beliefs with compatible French Jesuit teachings"--Jacket.

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