Firsting in the Early-Modern Atlantic World

1st Edition

Lauren Beck

Routledge
July 22, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 312 Pages - 7 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367334680 - CAT# K429673
Series: Routledge Research in Early Modern History

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Summary

For centuries, historians have narrated the arrival of Europeans using terminology (discovery, invasion, conquest, and colonization) that emphasizes their agency and disempowers that of Native Americans. This book explores firsting, a discourse that privileges European and settler-colonial presence, movements, knowledges, and experiences as a technology of colonization in the early modern Atlantic world, 1492-1900. It exposes how textual culture has ensured that Euro-settlers dominate Native Americans, while detailing misrepresentations of Indigenous peoples as unmodern and proposing how the western world can be un-firsted in scholarship on this time and place.

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