Civilizing the Wilderness

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

Author/Illustrator/Editor: A. A. den Otter (CA)

In this collection of essays, A.A. den Otter explores the meaning of the concepts “civilizing” and “wilderness” within an 1850s Euro-British North American context. At the time, den Otter argues, these concepts meant something quite different than they do today. Through careful readings and researches of a variety of lesser known individuals and events, den Otter teases out the striking dichotomy between “civilizing” and “wilderness,” leading readers to a new understanding of the relationship between newcomers and Native peoples, and the very lands they inhabited. Historians and non-specialists with an interest in western Canadian native, settler, and environmental-economic history will be deeply rewarded by reading Civilizing the Wilderness.

University of Alberta Press
DateISBNBISAC CodeThemaRights available
04/05/20129780888645463HISTORY / Canada / General
EnglishPaperback / softback6 in x 9 inC$49.95472