The Resettlement of British Columbia

The Resettlement of British Columbia

Essays on Colonialism and Geographical Change

eBook - 1997
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Univ of Washington Pr

In this beautifully crafted collection of essays, Cole Harris reflects on the strategies of colonialism in British Columbia during the first 150 years after the arrival of European settlers. The pervasive displacement of indigenous people by the newcomers, the mechanisms by which it was accomplished, and the resulting effects on the landscape, social life, and history of Canada’s western-most province are examined through the dual lenses of post-colonial theory and empirical data. By providing a compelling look at the colonial construction of the province, the book revises existing perceptions of the history and geography of British Columbia.

In their entirety, this eloquent collection of nine essays constitute a provocative and unique investigation into the meaning of colonialism and geographical change in the province.



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Nine essays reflect on the strategies of colonialism in British Columbia during the first 150 years after the arrival of European settlers. Peering through the dual lenses of post-colonial theory and empirical data, the author considers Native disease and depopulation; the means by which fur traders consolidated their position in Native territories; the introduction of British property law, and the methods of surveillance and disciplinary power that accompanied it; the progressive destruction of distance and the repossession of land; and the cultural assumptions of missionaries and settlers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: Vancouver, BC : UBC Press, c1997
ISBN: 9780585335971
0585335974
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxii, 314 p.) : ill., maps

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