Earlier this year, Cambridge University Press published a book on the processes by which forms of land tenure emerged and natives were dispossessed from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries in New France (Canada), New Spain (Mexico), and New England.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Allan Greer examines the processes by which forms of land tenure emerged and natives were dispossessed from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries in New France (Canada), New Spain (Mexico), and New England. By focusing on land, territory, and property, he deploys the concept of 'property formation' to consider the ways in which Europeans and their Euro-American descendants remade New World space as they laid claim to the continent's resources, extended the reach of empire, and established states and jurisdictions for themselves. Challenging long-held, binary assumptions of property as a single entity, which various groups did or did not possess, Greer highlights the diversity of indigenous and Euro-American property systems in the early modern period. The book's geographic scope, comparative dimension, and placement of indigenous people on an equal plane with Europeans makes it unlike any previous study of early colonization and contact in the Americas.
Provides a comparative approach to the colonization of North America, including a study of French, English, and Spanish colonies
Considers colonization in an indigenous America, contrary to the prevailing Eurocentrism of the history of early modern imperialism
Focuses on property formation as a central dimension of colonization
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Allan Greer, McGill University, Montréal
Allan Greer is a professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Colonial North America at McGill University, Montréal. He has published seven books, including Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits (2005) and La Nouvelle-France et le monde (2009).
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Introduction: property and colonization
Part I. Three Zones Of Colonization:
2. Indigenous forms of property
3. Early contacts
4. New Spain
5. New France
6. New England
Part II. Aspects of Property Formation:
7. The colonial commons
8. Spaces of property
9. A survey of surveying
10. Empires and colonies
Part III. Conclusion and Epilogue:
11. Property and dispossession in an age of revolution.
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