- Series: Studies in North American Indian History
- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Anniversary edition edition (November 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521183448
- ISBN-13: 978-0521183444
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 (Studies in North American Indian History) Anniversary edition Edition
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An acclaimed book and widely acknowledged classic, The Middle Ground steps outside the simple stories of Indian-white relations - stories of conquest and assimilation and stories of cultural persistence. It is, instead, about a search for accommodation and common meaning. The 20th anniversary edition includes a new preface by the author examining the impact and legacy of this study.
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It would be hard to overestimate the influence of The Middle Ground on subsequent historians. It has become a seminal work, ubiquitously cited, and its thesis of a "middle ground" has been adapted and revised--with varying levels of success--to fit countless other places and other times. But be forewarned: the book is by no means a pleasure to read. Dense and ponderous, with an accumulated weight of prodigious scholarly research, The Middle Ground is an authoritative work, but it reminds one of Mark Twain's definition of a "classic" book. "A classic," Twain once quipped, "is a book that everyone wants to have read but nobody wants to read."
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Long, detailed, carefully-footnoted and definitely worth reading, White's "Middle Ground," published in 1991, is the grand-daddy of almost all recent scholarship on the...Read more