For centuries, historians have narrated the arrival of Europeans using terminology (discovery, invasion, conquest, and colonization) that emphasizes their agency and disempowers that of Native Americans. This book explores firsting, a discourse that privileges European and settler-colonial presence, movements, knowledges, and experiences as a technology of colonization in the early modern Atlantic world, 1492-1900. It exposes how textual culture has ensured that Euro-settlers dominate Native Americans, while detailing misrepresentations of Indigenous peoples as unmodern and proposing how the western world can be un-firsted in scholarship on this time and place.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part Part I|74 pages
The Foundations for Firsting in Historiography and Literature
part Part II|74 pages
Modernity and Unfamiliarity as Firsting Principles
part Part III|86 pages
Un-Firsting the West