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Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England, 1500-1643

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Making a radical departure form traditional approaches to colonial American history, this book looks back at Indian-white relations from the perspective of the Indians themselves. In doing so, Salisbury reaches some startling new conclusions about a period of crucial-yet often overlooked-contact between two irreconcilably different cultures.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 15th 1984 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1982)
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Salisbury’s central argument revolves around a few contentions:

- the decimation of the Native American population was primarily due to disease, which in turn created sufficient vacuum for European military exploitation of the surviving native population;

-that the Puritan worldview was greatly influenced by a religious utopian view of the establishment of New England;

- and that the economic and social revolutions of Europe which found new ground in North America (something of a twin-headed virgin
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Oct 04, 2009 John rated it really liked it
This was a book I had from a class I took in college, but I read it pretty superficially then, and now that I'm more interested in the subject matter, I thought I'd revisit it. The interesting thing here is all the material about that ignored century from about 1500-1600, when all of these relationships between indians and english/french people started. At least in high school, everyone acts as if the relations between natives and europeans in what's now the united states started with Jamestown ...more
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Jun 12, 2009 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: undergrad, history
Read for a class in college. The writing isn't great, but the subject matter is fascinating.
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