European Travelers and North American Indians
By (author) Harry Liebersohn
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Aristocratic Encounters by Harry Liebersohn
Book DescriptionAristocratic Encounters, first published in 1999, relates how an aristocratic discourse on American Indians took shape in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Titled and educated French and German visitors to North America, mindful of the French Revolution, developed a new belief in their affinity with the warrior elites of Indian societies, whom they viewed as fellow aristocrats. The book includes chapters on major figures, such as Chateaubriand and de Tocqueville, and on lesser, often instructive, travelers. For European historians, the book offers fresh evidence for the creation of a post-Revolutionary 'aristocratic' culture through overseas travel. To the interdisciplinary audience of readers interested in colonial encounters, it opens up a Romantic vision of aristocrats from two worlds struggling to defend their code of valor and honor in an age of democratic politics. Aristocratic Encounters is a contribution to a burgeoning form of historical writing; it moves across national boundaries to ask how Europeans understood cultures vastly different from their own.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521003605
(228mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Harry Liebersohn
Return of the Gift, Paperback (October 2012)
This book is a history of modern European interpretations of the gift in global context.
Travelers' World, Paperback (March 2008)
Examines the transformation of global knowledge during the great age of scientific exploration. This book moves beyond the traditional focus on British and French travelers to include Germans, Russians, and some Americans, as well as the Tahitian, Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islanders they encountered.
Aristocratic Encounters, Hardback (December 1998)» View all books by Harry Liebersohn
This 1999 book relates how European aristocrats visiting North America developed an affinity with the warrior elites of Indian societies.
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