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

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

by Harry Liebersohn
     
 

Aristocratic Encounters: European Travelers and North American Indians relates how an aristocratic discourse on American Indians took shape in French and German writing 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… See more details below

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Aristocratic Encounters: European Travelers and North American Indians relates how an aristocratic discourse on American Indians took shape in French and German writing 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 alternates between chapters on major figures such as Chateaubriand and Tocqueville and chapters on numerous lesser, but often instructive, travelers. For European historians, the book offers fresh evidence for the creation of a post-Revolutionary "aristocratic" culture through overseas travel. To the interdisciplinary audience of readers interested in colonial encounters, it opens up a Romantic vision of aristocrats from two worlds struggling to defend their code of valor and honor in an age of democratic politics.

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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

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. IFrom Neoclassicism to Romanticism: France and American Indians, 1682-181511
1Indians in the French Enlightenment13
2Chateaubriand and the Fiction of Native Aristocrats39
Pt. IIEnding a Tradition: The French Romantic Travelers, 1815-184861
3Critics and Nostalgics63
4Tocqueville and the Sociology of Native Aristocrats92
Pt. IIIFounding a Tradition: The German Romantic Travelers113
5Immigrants and Educated Observers115
6Maximilian of Wied and the Ethnography of Native Aristocrats135
Epilogue: A World of New Aristocrats165
A Note on Guides to Research171
Index173

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