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At the Edge of Empire: The Backcountry in British North America

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During the course of the seventeenth century, Europeans and Native Americans came together on the western edge of England's North American empire for a variety of purposes, from trading goods and information to making alliances and war. This blurred and constantly shifting frontier region, known as the backcountry, existed just beyond England's imperial reach on the North ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 8th 2003 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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When an American thinks of the frontier of history, modern day Ohio, Kentucky and the Appalachian mountains are hardly the first thing that comes to mind. When a British subject thinks of the effects of the nation's past in Ireland or Scotland, dealings with Cherokees or Mohawks hardly come to mind. But Professor's Hinderaker and Mancall make the case in their comprehensive yet concise story about the edge of the first British Empire and the first American frontier.

The back country of America is
This short book provides an easy-to-read overview of the political and economic factors affecting settlement at the ever-moving outer edge of British North America. Although it covers the entire pre-Revolutionary period, about half the book focuses on the years 1750-1775. Social/cultural aspects of life in the backcountry get little attention, so if you're looking for a book about what life was like for backcountry settlers - this isn't it.
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A 1981 graduate of Oberlin college, Mancall attended graduate school at Harvard University, where he received a Ph.D. in history in 1986. Mancall was a visiting Assistant Professor of History at Connecticut College from 1986 to 1987. After teaching as a Lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard for two years, he took a position at the University of Kansas in 1989. In 2001, Mancall took a posit ...more
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