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Indigenous Continent


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Pekka Hamalainen is Rhodes Professor of American History at the University of Oxford and the author of The Comanche Empire, winner of the Bancroft Prize, and Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power. He lives in Oxford, England.


"[A] towering achievement. By gathering the experiences of multiple Native peoples-across an astounding expanse of time and space-Indigenous Continent explodes the view that American history unfolded inexorably according to European and American design." -- Andrew Graybill - The American Scholar
"[M]agisterial . . . the pace and the scope of the book have a force of their own: Hamalainen makes it clear that America's past is crazily, energetically, tumultuously crowded with incident; that Indigenous power has affected everything about America . . . I can only wish that, when I was that lonely college junior and was finishing Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, I'd had Hamalainen's book at hand. It would have helped me see that there was indeed a larger story: that my civilization hadn't been destroyed; that my tribe's contribution to the past wasn't merely to fade away in the face of history; that Native peoples-for better or for worse-made this country what it was, and have a role to play in what it now struggles to be." -- David Treuer - The New Yorker
"[T]he single best book I have ever read on Native American history, as well as one of the most innovative narratives about the continent." -- Thomas E. Ricks - The New York Times Book Review
"Mr. Hamalainen's book provides a useful introduction to a vast history..." -- Kathleen DuVall - The Wall Street Journal
"The author, an Oxford historian, recasts the history of North America from a Native American perspective, making clear that Native tribes controlled the continent for millenniums ('On an Indigenous time scale, the United States is a mere speck'). One of the best books ever written on Native American history." -- The New York Times Book Review
"Indigenous Continent, by the Oxford-based Finnish historian Pekka Hamalainen, looks at the US from a distance-and sees something that others have neglected. There are numerous other books about Native American history, but few that have made it so central to the American story as a whole. Here, the indigenous people aren't just the objects of nonindigenous violence" -- Prospect
"What could be more exciting than a book upending everything you thought you knew? Better yet if that book is peppered with interesting facts and written in a pacey, intriguing style by one of the finest minds of his generation: Pekka Hamalainen" -- Joy Porter - BBC History Magazine

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