The Ungovernable: Indians, States, Power and Sovereignty in North America before 1900

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The Ungovernable: Indians, States, Power and Sovereignty in North America before 1900

Friday, 24 May 2013 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Venue: 
Pavilion Combined Room, Gateway Buildings, St Antony’s College
Speaker(s): 
Pekka Hämäläinen (University of Oxford)
Convenor: 
Dr Halbert Jones
Series: 
North American Studies Seminar Series

Pekka Hämäläinen, Rhodes Professor of American History, specialises in early and nineteenth century American history and has particular interest in Native American, environmental, and borderlands history. His 2008 book The Comanche Empire received several awards, including the Bancroft Prize. In this presentation, he explores the history of Indian-European relations in North America over three centuries, focusing on the intersections among power relations, sovereignty, space and mobility. Emphasizing the Indians' ability to resist, evade and even eclipse European imperial expansion and state power, the paper proposes new ways to write and understand the broad contours of American history.