War Under Heaven: Pontiac, the Indian Nations, & the British Empire

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Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002 - History - 360 pages
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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 diplomaticstrategies 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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User Review  - Dan Schroeder - Goodreads

I struggled to like this book, but after reading more than 100 pages I gave up. The author may have meant it as a scholarly work, but it's certainly not engaging. People and events are mentioned ... Read full review

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User Review  - Aannedomm - Goodreads

Dowd focuses this work about Pontiac's War on the British Indian policy before, during, and after the War and the spiritual nature of the War for Pontiac. Dowd does not only focus on the causes ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
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CHAPTER
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Ottawas Delawares and the Colonial World 16151760
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Copyright

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Gregory Evans Dowd is a professor of history and American Culture and the director of Native American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author of A Spirited Resistance: The North American Indian Struggle for Unity, 1745--1815, also available from Johns Hopkins.

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