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Elusive Empires : Constructing Colonialism in the Ohio Valley, 1673-1800 - Eric Hinderaker

Elusive Empires

Constructing Colonialism in the Ohio Valley, 1673-1800

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Published: 27th March 2000
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This book examines and compares the efforts of France, Britain, and the United States to extend imperial dominion over the Ohio Valley, focusing on the relations between Europeans and Indians to tell the story. In a compelling narrative, it considers the ways in which France and Great Britain each attempted to create viable empires in the region, the conflicts that resulted, and the origins and outcome of the American Revolution in the West. The result is a fascinating story that offers a strikingly new interpretation of the origins, progress, and effects of the American Revolution.

"In this day of increasingly narrow historical specialization, this book is wonderfully expansive." J. Russel Snapp, The Virginia Magazine "Hinderaker is at his best in depicting the Ohio Valley and Mississippian Indian cultures and economies, and in contrasting the British/Colonial and French experiences in opening the Ohio Valley frontier...this work is informative and provocative in interpretation." H.M. Ward, Choice "This clearly written and solidly researched overview of Indian and white relations in the Ohio Valley provides an excellent place to begin any study of the region." R. Douglas Hunt, The Journal of American History "Elusive Empires is an imaginative, elegantly written account of the imperial contest for the Ohio Valley from the arrival of French explorers and missionaries in the late seventeenth century to the final triumph of American interests in the decade that followed the Revolution." Susan E. Gray, The North Carolina Historical Review "Elusive Empires is an imaginative, elegantly written account of the imperial contest for the Ohio Valley from the arrival of French explorers and missionaries in the late seventeenth century to the final triumph of American interests in the decade that followed the Revolution." Susan E. Gray, The North Carolina Historical Review "His analysis of the various cultures is fascinating." Lee Soltow, Journal of Interdisciplinary History "Elusive Empires is well written, and Hinderaker has advanced the understanding of relations between Europeans, Euroamericans, and Native Americans by synthesizing old and new scholarship." David L. Kimbrough, Journal of Illinois History "Elusive Empires is well written, and Hinderaker has advnaced the understanding of relations between Europeans, Euroamericans, and Native Americans by synthesizing old and new scholarship." David L. Kimbrough, Journal of International History "Elusive Empires is well written, and Hinderaker has advnaced the understanding of relations between Europeans, Euroamericans, and Native Americans by synthesizing old and new scholarship." David L. Kimbrough, Journal of International History "This thoughtful study, based upon wide research in various sources, makes useful distinctions among the three types of frontier empires." The Journal of the Early Republic

Maps and Figuresp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Empires of Commerce
Networks of Tradep. 3
Communities of Exchangep. 46
Empires of Land
Definitions of Valuep. 87
The Alchemy of Propertyp. 134
Coda: The Ohio Valley on the Eve of the Revolutionp. 176
Empire of Liberty
Land and Libertyp. 187
Empire Ascendantp. 226
Epilogue: State Power and Popular Authority in the New American Nationp. 268
Bibliography of Cited Materialsp. 271
Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9780521663458
ISBN-10: 0521663458
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 27th March 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.44