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The invasion within : the contest of cultures in Colonial North America

Author: James Axtell
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1985.
Series: Cultural origins of North America, 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Publisher description: Colonial North America was not only a battleground for furs and land, but for allegiances as well. While the colonial French and English were locked in heated competition for the most native allies, the Indians sought to preserve their own independence, alighning themselves only when necessary with the colonial group that offered the best material and spiritual wares. Here, ethnohistorian  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Axtell
ISBN: 0195035968 9780195035964 0195041542 9780195041545
OCLC Number: 11971236
Language Note: English.
Awards: American Historical Association Albert B. Corey Prize in Canadian-American Relations, 1986.
Description: xv, 389 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
Series Title: Cultural origins of North America, 1.
Responsibility: James Axtell.
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Publisher description: Colonial North America was not only a battleground for furs and land, but for allegiances as well. While the colonial French and English were locked in heated competition for the most native allies, the Indians sought to preserve their own independence, alighning themselves only when necessary with the colonial group that offered the best material and spiritual wares. Here, ethnohistorian James Axtell takes a fresh look at this contest of cultures to reveal why and how the French and Indians were able to rise so effectively to the challenge posed by English imperial design. Although the English offered better trade goods, they were ultimately defeated by their own stubborn need to impose their way of life on the reluctant native Americans. The French Jesuits, on the other hand, managed to keep the English at bay for a century and a half by adapting themselves to native life and so converting thousands of Indians to Catholicism. this is the first of three volumes in James Axtell's new series, THE CULTURAL ORIGINS OF NORTH AMERICA. The series is designed to provide an overview of the realtions between the three separate cultures that together formed America's roots, and offers a new perspective on America's colonial past.

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