Beyond Settler Colonialism

Beyond Settler Colonialism This paper offers a critical reflection on the appropriateness of ‘settler colonialism’ as an analytic category for understanding the political dynamics of early America. It argues that the paradigm’s focus on the elimination of the native obscures the resilience of Indian power, and the mechanisms by which that power was exercised and defended. The paper positions settler colonialism in recent treatments of the history of colonial political thought, and then presents diplomacy as a site of both sovereign formation and negotiation that enhanced the power of colonies as much as it preserved the power of Indian confederations. The final section of the paper suggests that the ‘interior’ sovereignty of Native Americans continued to shape the powers of the new republican order of states. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Early American History Brill

Beyond Settler Colonialism

Journal of Early American History, Volume 9 (2-3): 25 – Dec 10, 2019

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1877-0223
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1877-0703
DOI
10.1163/18770703-00902013
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Abstract

This paper offers a critical reflection on the appropriateness of ‘settler colonialism’ as an analytic category for understanding the political dynamics of early America. It argues that the paradigm’s focus on the elimination of the native obscures the resilience of Indian power, and the mechanisms by which that power was exercised and defended. The paper positions settler colonialism in recent treatments of the history of colonial political thought, and then presents diplomacy as a site of both sovereign formation and negotiation that enhanced the power of colonies as much as it preserved the power of Indian confederations. The final section of the paper suggests that the ‘interior’ sovereignty of Native Americans continued to shape the powers of the new republican order of states.

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Journal of Early American HistoryBrill

Published: Dec 10, 2019

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