This book deals with metissage in New France and Canada in the period 1508 to 1886. Metissage is understood as a syncretistic process of cultural, social and political encounter and mixture of ethnic groups that resulted from mixed marriages and relationships. Those led to the rise of the Metis people in North America, which were distinguished as French-speaking Metis and English-speaking Halfbreeds. The process of mixture began in 1508, when first Indians were shipped to France with the intention to use them as multipliers of French culture on their return to the colony. In 1886, the Act of Savages legally distinguished between Indians and Metis, thus marking the beginning of a mixed-blood identity in Canada that was differentiated from neighbouring Whites, Indians and Inuit. The theoretical approach of the history of concepts is employed in the longue duree to show the variance throughout four centuries.
The Author: Devrim Karahasan was born in Wanne-Eickel (Germany) in 1971. She studied History, Sociology and Political Science in Bochum, Bielefeld and Manchester and graduated with a Ph.D. at the European University Institute in Florence. She has worked as a journalist on human rights issues for papers and radio stations in Germany and Turkey and as a translator for British and American colleagues on topics of social, cultural and political history.
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Date of Publication
Europaische Hochschulschriften Reihe 3: Geschichte Und Ihre Hilfswissenschaften