Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization

Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization

by Robert A. Williams Jr.

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Overview

From one of the world's leading experts on Native American law and indigenous peoples' human rights comes an original and striking intellectual history of the tribe and Western civilization that sheds new light on how we understand ourselves and our contemporary society. Throughout the centuries, conquest, war, and unspeakable acts of violence and dispossession have all been justified by citing civilization's opposition to these differences represented by the tribe. Robert Williams, award winning author, legal scholar, and member of the Lumbee Indian Tribe, proposes a wide-ranging reexamination of the history of the Western world, told from the perspective of civilization's war on tribalism as a way of life. Williams shows us how what we thought we knew about the rise of Western civilization over the tribe is in dire need of reappraisal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230338760
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/21/2012
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 801,565
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert A. Williams, Jr. is a member of the Lumbee Indian Tribe as well as the professor of law and director of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona. He is the author of the classic work on Indian rights under US law, The American Indian in Western Legal Thought, which won the Gustavus Meyer human rights award recently. The recipient of awards from the MacArthur, Ford, and Soros foundations, Williams is also well known for his work defending tribal groups before the United Nations and the Supreme Court.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction 1

1 Homer and the Idea of the Savage: First Impressions 11

2 The Legend of the Golden Age and the Idea of the Savage 31

3 The Emergence of the Classical Idea of the Savage 49

4 The Classical Idea of the Savage and the Invention of Western Philosophy 67

5 The Idea of the Savage and the Rise of Roman Imperial Civilization 83

6 Parallel Lives: The Idea of the Savage and the Decline of the Roman Empire 103

7 The Medieval Christian Church's War on the Classical Idea of the Savage 121

8 The Wild Man and the Medieval Christian Idea of the Savage 139

9 The Renaissance Humanist Revival of the Classical Language of Savagery 159

10 The Renaissance Discovery Era and the Idea of the Savage 179

11 The Enlightenment Idea of the Savage and the Founders' First Indian Policy 197

12 Savage Anxieties: Indigenous Peoples' Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century 219

Notes 237

Bibliography 249

Index 259

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