Savages within the Empire: Representations of American Indians in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Oxford Historical Monographs)

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In 1720s London, a well-known band of young ruffians gave themselves crescent tattoos and adorned turbans in honor of their so-called "mohamattan [Muslim]" Indian namesakes, the Mohawk. Few Britons noticed the gang's mistaken muddling of North American and Indian subcontinent geographies and cultures. Even fewer cared in an age in which "Indian" was a catch-all term applied to theatre characters, philosophies, and objects whose only common characteristic often was that they were not European. Yet just thirty years later, when the North American empire had entered center stage, Londoners bought Iroquois tomahawks at auctions; provincial newspapers debated Cherokee politics; women shopkeepers read aloud newspaper accounts of frontier battles as their husbands counted the takings; church congregations listened to the sermons of American Indian converts; families toured museum exhibits of American Indian artefacts; and Oxford dons wagered their bottles of port on the outcome of American wars.

Focusing on the question, 'How did the British who remained in Britain perceive American Indians, and how did these perceptions reflect and affect British culture?', Savages within the Empire explores both how Britons engaged with the peripheries of their Atlantic empire without leaving home, and, equally important, how their forged understanding significantly affected the British and their rapidly expanding world. It draws from a wide range of evidence to consider an array of eighteenth-century contexts, including material culture, print culture, imperial government policy, the Church of England's missionary endeavours, the Scottish Enlightenment, and the public outcry over the use of American Indians as allies during the American War of Independence. By chronicling and exploring discussions and representations of American Indians in these contexts, Troy Bickham reveals the proliferation of empire-related subjects in eighteenth-century British culture as well as the prevailing pragmatism with which Britons approached them.

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Troy Bickham is at Assistant Professor of History, Texas AandM University.

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"Bickham does an excellent job of connecting this popular interest in Indians to wider currents in British popular entertainments and literature of this era."
--Timothy J. Shannon, Journal of British Studies

"Informed by the nuanced analysis of a broad array of primary sources and a productive engagement with secondary source materials, Savages within the Empire is an insightful and well-written book."

--Kevin Hutchings, Symbiosis

As a whole the book deepens one's sense that the Seven Years' War was not so much a war for empire, as a war that made one--emotionally, imaginatively, and, in time, administratively too.
--Peter Silver, William and Mary Quarterly

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