Pontiac's War: Its Causes, Course, and Consequences

Pontiac's War: Its Causes, Course, and Consequences

Pontiac's War: Its Causes, Course, and Consequences

Pontiac's War: Its Causes, Course, and Consequences

Synopsis

For much of the 17th and 18th centuries, European Americans and Native Americans lived in harmony as traders and hunters, sharing cultures, and even taking spouses and raising families. However, after 1760, relations broke down, and resulted in the conflict known as Pontiac's War (1763-1765). Much of Northeast America was plunged into turmoil, forcing the British into a radical change in imperial policy regarding the colonies, which then broke down in the build up to the American Revolution. Richard Middleton's Pontiac's War explains the who, what, when, where, why of the war that changed things between the native people and the European settlers, solidifying and sharpening the racial differences and attitudes, and foreshadowing a lot of the atrocities of American policy toward Indians in the 19th century.

Excerpt

It is common knowledge among responsible writers that they at all times keep their audience in mind, the people they want to address. The readership I had in mind during the two years when this book was taking shape was not composed of the specialists, the Germanists and Central European historians, but rather the younger generations of Americans for whom the Third Reich and the Second World War is merely the history of more than four decades ago. I know that many have an avid interest in the events of the 1930s and 1940s. They ask questions: What led to the second global war in our century? How did a divided Europe come about? In other words, I am thinking of my students and others who cannot have firsthand knowledge of the events, but who have the intellectual curiosity and the desire to learn wie es eigentlich gewesen, "as it actually happened" (Leopold von Ranke).

Above the main entrance of the university library in Boulder, Colorado, are chiseled in stone the words: "Who knows only his own generation remains always a child." The well-known quotation by George Santayana points in a similar direction: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to fulfil it." I fully subscribe to these views and I am convinced that a society without historical consciousness is a society without a future. In innumerable discussions and conversations with students, colleagues, friends, and my three children, it has become clear to me in more than forty years how fragmentary, sporadic, and one-sided the real knowledge in this country is about the events that led to the founding of the Third Reich, how little is known of the mentality, the inner attitudes, the thinking and feeling of a people who, because of their central geographical location, were destined to play a major role in history.

It was not my intention to write another history book presenting the course of events from 1930 to 1950. What I do want to convey to a larger . . .

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