War under Heaven: Pontiac, the Indian Nations, and the British Empire / Edition 1

War under Heaven: Pontiac, the Indian Nations, and the British Empire / Edition 1

by Gregory Evans Dowd
     
 

The 1763 Treaty of Paris ceded much of the continent east of the Mississippi to Great Britain, a claim which the Indian nations of the Great Lakes, who suddenly found themselves under British rule, considered outrageous. Unlike the French, with whom Great Lakes Indians had formed an alliance of convenience, the British entered the upper Great Lakes in a spirit of

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The 1763 Treaty of Paris ceded much of the continent east of the Mississippi to Great Britain, a claim which the Indian nations of the Great Lakes, who suddenly found themselves under British rule, considered outrageous. Unlike the French, with whom Great Lakes Indians had formed an alliance of convenience, the British entered the upper Great Lakes in a spirit of conquest. British officers on the frontier keenly felt the need to assert their assumed superiority over both Native Americans and European settlers. At the same time, Indian leaders expected appropriate tokens of British regard, gifts the British refused to give. It is this issue of respect that, according to Gregory Dowd, lies at the root of the war the Ottawa chief Pontiac and his alliance of Great Lakes Indians waged on the British Empire between 1763 and 1767.

In War under Heaven, Dowd boldly reinterprets the causes and consequences of Pontiac's War. Where previous Anglocentric histories have ascribed this dramatic uprising to disputes over trade and land, this groundbreaking work traces the conflict back to status: both the low regard in which the British held the Indians and the concern among Native American leaders about their people's standing—and their sovereignty—in the eyes of the British. Pontiac's War also embodied a clash of world views, and Dowd examines the central role that Indian cultural practices and beliefs played in the conflict, explores the political and military culture of the British Empire which informed the attitudes its servants had toward Indians, provides deft and insightful portraits of Pontiac and his British adversaries, and offers a detailed analysis of the military and diplomatic strategies of both sides. Imaginatively conceived and compellingly told, War under Heaven redefines our understanding of Anglo-Indian relations in the colonial period.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801878923
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
01/27/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
941,988
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Heroes of History, Heaven, and Earth1
Ch. 1Ottawas, Delawares, and the Colonial World, 1915-176022
Ch. 2A Worldly War54
Ch. 3An Otherworldly War90
Ch. 4Besieging Britons, 1763114
Ch. 5Defending the Villages, 1764148
Ch. 6Mobs, Germs, and the Status of American Indians174
Ch. 7Uneasy Conclusions213
Ch. 8Deaths and Legacies249
List of Abbreviations277
Notes281
Index351

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