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"[S]ober and gripping. [I]n perhaps his most original contribution, [Dowd] skillfully uses the perforce meager evidence to analyze the religious dimension of the Indians' resistance. A stylish writer with a talent for compression, Dowd engages and advances scholarly debates while making the lines of those debates clear to the general reader. His book is the best account of its subject." Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)

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"Dowd strips away the mythology that has long clouded the reputation of this accomplished Ottawa leader. At the same time, Dowd brilliantly demonstrates that the conflict between the British and the various unified Indian nations was not over land or trade but rather British respect of Indian sovereignty." — Library Journal

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"Dowd strips away the mythology that has long clouded the reputation of this accomplished Ottawa leader. At the same time, Dowd brilliantly demonstrates that the conflict between the British and the various unified Indian nation was not over land or trade but rather British respect of Indian sovereignty... [An] elegantly written ethnohistorical study." Library Journal

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"War under Heaven is a striking achievement. Massively researched and beautifully written, it demolishes old stereotypes of Pontiac as some crazed, if nobly doomed, genius resisting the inevitable triumph of European civilization?. this book confirms Dowd's status as one of the leading historians of colonial North America." Daniel K. Richter, Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America

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"An up-to-date ethnohistorical study of the war called Pontiac's is long overdue. Gregory Dowd has provided a masterful narrative and analysis of the war, grounded in deep research and insightful readings of the primary sources?.War under Heaven represents a major contribution to understanding eighteenth-century America." Colin G. Calloway, Professor of History and Native American Studies, Dartmouth College, and author of New Worlds for All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of Early America

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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.

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ISBN:
9780801878923
Author:
Dowd, Gregory Evans
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover Publi
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
8.70x6.68x1.02 in. 1.10 lbs.

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Product details 360 pages Johns Hopkins University Press - English 9780801878923 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "[S]ober and gripping. [I]n perhaps his most original contribution, [Dowd] skillfully uses the perforce meager evidence to analyze the religious dimension of the Indians' resistance. A stylish writer with a talent for compression, Dowd engages and advances scholarly debates while making the lines of those debates clear to the general reader. His book is the best account of its subject." (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
"Review" by , "Dowd strips away the mythology that has long clouded the reputation of this accomplished Ottawa leader. At the same time, Dowd brilliantly demonstrates that the conflict between the British and the various unified Indian nation was not over land or trade but rather British respect of Indian sovereignty... [An] elegantly written ethnohistorical study."
"Review" by , "War under Heaven is a striking achievement. Massively researched and beautifully written, it demolishes old stereotypes of Pontiac as some crazed, if nobly doomed, genius resisting the inevitable triumph of European civilization?. this book confirms Dowd's status as one of the leading historians of colonial North America." Daniel K. Richter, Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America
"Review" by , "An up-to-date ethnohistorical study of the war called Pontiac's is long overdue. Gregory Dowd has provided a masterful narrative and analysis of the war, grounded in deep research and insightful readings of the primary sources?.War under Heaven represents a major contribution to understanding eighteenth-century America." Colin G. Calloway, Professor of History and Native American Studies, Dartmouth College, and author of New Worlds for All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of Early America
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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