A discussion on civilizing the wilderness

Moreover, I should like to take a moment and point out that a given monster might fit various monster types as described. Most humans are builders; but humans can easily be malevolent destructive wanderers and a given powerful human might be a very effective eradicator. This does not mean that the vermin are necessarily minor in form. A vampire might live inside a civilization, in the catacombs under a city or in plain view, as in the Bram Stoker novel.

A discussion on civilizing the wilderness

His Introduction explores the inter-related concepts of civilization and wilderness in the nineteenth-century British North American mind, tracing their classical and religious origins. Chapter One examines the imperative to exploit apparently empty western territories, described by M.

Synge in as 'sinfully waste and wasted' Yet, as den Otter shows in an essay on two English-born missionaries, individual perceptions of wilderness were variable.


William Mason hated the landscape and sought to organise Native people into settled villages, while William Rundle celebrated the open plains as evidence of a glorious Creator. The irony was that Mason struggled with Shield country, while Rundle travelled the potentially fertile Saskatchewan valley.

They are contrasted with two assimilated Native mission workers, with the Europeanised names Henry Budd and Henry Steinhauer, who pragmatically coped with the challenges of spanning two worlds.

Den Otter moves on to David Anderson, the Anglican bishop, who supplied a theological dimension to the key themes.

A discussion on civilizing the wilderness

Anderson was at the Red River from toa time of flux that made him aware that change might not equal betterment: However, at this point, den Otter has another card to play. Den Otter reinterprets it as an economic and intellectual turning point, the moment when the community adopted the European view of wilderness 'as a place laden with valuable resources' Next he traces George Simpson's intellectual long march from defending the fur trade to accepting the inevitability of settlement on the southern prairies.

Simpson influenced the Westminster parliamentary committee, which produced the important shift in British elite attitudes that designated 'the great colony of Canada' as the inheritor of the West.

Implicit in this view was the assumption that Aboriginal culture and identity would be blanketed by the incomers.

Culture and Nature in Pre-Confederation Canada and Rupert’s Land

Cue here a re-examination of Peter Jones and the Upper Canada Mississauga, to argue that Aboriginal peoples could have been encouraged to adopt aspects of modernisation on their own terms. A succinct Conclusion emphasises the convoluted intellectual baggage that Canada imposed upon the West from As a straightforward collection of essays, we might have expected a different grouping -- Anderson and Simpson paired as voices of authority, Budd and Steinhauer placed alongside Peter Jones, the Sayer trial leading into den Otter's historiographical discussion.

The contributions would still have read well, but they are linked here through chronology and the inherent overlap of themes. The result is a quiet, cumulative and thought-provoking exercise in revisionism.Oct 13,  · Any large builder culture will proliferate in population and a desire for outside contact, which will result in the establishment of some kind of trade, followed by the importation of technology and thereafter a rapid civilizing of the wilderness in the manner I've described: that is, the wilderness will be fully rebuilt.

Please tell us what country/territory you are in as this will allow us to direct your order to the correct supplier. In this collection of essays, A.A. den Otter explores the meaning of the concepts "civilizing" and "wilderness" within an s Euro-British North American context.


At the time, den. Civilizing the Wilderness is a solid work of original scholarship that deserves to be on the shelf with any collection dealing with Canadian history or the history of North American settlement and the frontier. The Tempest in the Wilderness, Ronald Takaki In order to move into a more in-depth discussion of The Tempests discourse on colonialism, it is essential to establish a historical context of the drama.

Ronald Takaki, professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkley, puts the Elizabethan drama into the context of English . Pris: kr. Häftad, Skickas inom vardagar. Köp Civilizing the Wilderness av A A Den Otter på caninariojana.com In this collection of essays, A.

A. den Otter explores the meaning of the concepts 'civilizing' and 'wilderness' within an s Euro-British North American context.

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