Aristocratic Encounters: European Travelers and North American Indians / Edition 1

Aristocratic Encounters: European Travelers and North American Indians / Edition 1

by Harry Liebersohn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521003601

ISBN-13: 9780521003605

Pub. Date: 09/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Aristocratic Encounters relates how an aristocratic discourse on American Indians took shape in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Titled and educated French and German visitors to North America, with the background of the French Revolution in mind, developed a new belief in their affinity with the warrior elites of Indian societies, whom they viewed

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Aristocratic Encounters relates how an aristocratic discourse on American Indians took shape in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Titled and educated French and German visitors to North America, with the background of the French Revolution in mind, developed a new belief in their affinity with the warrior elites of Indian societies, whom they viewed as fellow aristocrats. The book includes chapters on major figures, such as Chateaubriand and Tocqueville, and on lesser, often instructive, travelers. The book contributes to a burgeoning transatlantic, even transnational, form of historical writing, crossing national boundaries to ask how Europeans understood cultures vastly different from their own.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521003605
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. From Neoclassicism to Romanticism: France and American Indians 1682–1815; 1. Indians in the French Enlightenment; 2. Chateaubriand and the fiction of Native Aristocrats; Part II. Ending a Tradition: The French Romantic Travelers, 1815–48; 3. Critics and nostalgics; 4. Tocqueville and the sociology of native aristocrats; Part III. Founding a Tradition: The German Romantic Travelers: 5. Immigrants and educated observers; 6. Maximilian and the ethnography of Native Aristocrats; Epilogue: a world of new aristocrats.

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