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Civilizing the wilderness; culture and nature in pre-confederation Canada and Rupert's land.

9780888645463

Civilizing the wilderness; culture and nature in pre-confederation Canada and Rupert's land.

den Otter, A.A.

The U. of Alberta Press

2012

438 pages

$49.95

F1060

In this collection of essays, den Otter (emeritus, history, Memorial University) draws on primary source accounts to investigate how the British in pre-Confederation Canada defined and understood concepts of civilization and wilderness, and how these conceptions affected missionaries' and traders' drive to civilize Natives and the wilderness. The essays profile specific figures and incidents such as William Mason and Robert Rundle, Bishop Anderson, the Sayer Trial, Governor George Simpson's civilizing mission, the 1857 Parliamentary Select Committee, and the Red River Metis. The book is distributed in the US by Wayne State University Press.

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