Empire and Others: British Encounters with Indigenous by Martin Daunton, Rick Halpern

By Martin Daunton, Rick Halpern

A lot has been written concerning the forging of a British identification within the 17th and eighteenth centuries. the method, unconfined to the British Isles, ran around the Irish Sea and Atlantic Ocean and was once performed out in North the USA and the Caribbean. The identities of Irish Catholics or Highland Scots who took half within the imperial enterprise overseas have been topic to consistent renegotiation. within the technique, the indigenous peoples of North the United States, the Caribbean, the Cape, Australia, and New Zealand have been pressured to redefine their very own identities. even if the come upon was once faraway from equivalent, it used to be on no account uncomplicated or monolithicThis assortment explores the numerous advanced ways that identities have been solid inside Britain and between indigenous peoples via a strategy of collision and compromise. Contributions from Africa, Australia, and either side of the Atlantic care for assorted elements of those encounters-for instance, "Native americans and Early sleek options of Race" and "Hunting and the Politics of Masculinity in Cherokee Treaty-making, 1763-1775." Empire and Others presents a worthy learn that might be of specific curiosity to scholars of Colonial American heritage and early glossy British history.Contributors to the quantity comprise Philip Morgan, Christopher Bayly, Andrew Porter, Hilary Beckles, and Peter means.

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S. Allen, His Majesty's Indian allies. British Indiatl policy in tl,e dtife,,,e of Canada, 17741815 (Toronto, 1992). B. S. Cohn, "The command of language and the language of command" in SZjbaltem SlIIdies, vol. 4, R. ) (Delhi, 1985), pp. 276-329; "Houentot" and Malay were later standardized for similar reasons. though the military creation of language was powerfully aided by missionary activity. P. J. Marshall & G. Williams, TIregreat map of mankind. British perceptiofU of the world i" the Age of Enliglutflmtflt (London, 1982).

SmaU-scale societies of hunters and casual fanners in the white settlement colonies had fared worst. Vast areas of Native American, Maori, Khoisan, Xhosa and Aboriginal patrimony had passed into the hands of settlers by 36 POWER, PERCEPTION A N D IDENTITY the 1 8605. ;, The more settled and hierarchical indigenous societies were also brought to their lowest point in the years around mid-century. The pre-colomal order of South Asia was fmally swept away in the occupation ofSindh, the Punjab and Burma and the Indian rebellion of 1857.

Attempts to conserve and reconstitute indigenous traditions, beliefs and languages were already evident even in the settler societies by 1860. 4s Ironically, Christianity, which had been expecred to be the moral battering ram of racial conquest, proved sometimes to be a flexible intellectual tool with which to reinscribe indigenous language, the value of patrimony, tribe and land. So too, indigenous entrepreneurs and soldiers negotiated the ravaged lands of conquest to provide new tools, labour and services which the more domesticated white societies now required.

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