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Insatiable Hunger

Colonial Encounters in Context

An exploration of the worldviews that underpinned settler colonialism. 

The sixteenth-century European wars of religion set the stage for mass migration to the New World. Of course, there was nothing new about the New World to Indigenous peoples who had lived there for millennia. Insatiable Hunger compares European historical accounts and Indigenous stories of contact to illustrate the wide cultural chasm that separated the two civilizations. Joseph Graham tells a story of religiously obsessed Europeans pouring onto the continent and consuming everything in their path and the attempts Indigenous peoples made to reason with the hungry newcomers. Tracing events from Jacques Cartier’s first visits in the sixteenth century to the War of 1812, Insatiable Hunger attempts to understand the root causes of the mutual incomprehension baked into these two civilizations’ worldviews. As descendants of European settlers in Canada and the United States confront the legacy of colonialism and genocide of Indigenous peoples, Insatiable Hunger will be an important primer on the worldviews at the root of this violent political project.

250 pages | 71 illustrations | 6 x 9

History: Discoveries and Exploration

Native American Studies

Religion: Christianity

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"Europeans doing good and getting rich. If you want to understand the toxic impact of Christianity and the market economy on the Indigenous peoples of North America, then read this book. If you want to reflect on the astonishing durability of Indigenous cultures and world views and the promise they hold for a planet in search of sustainability, read this book. A work of great erudition and passion."

David Cameron, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

"This is an important work.  It struggles for truth and accuracy in unfolding the story of Canada.  I am not a fan of Canada.  Canada is the name of the empire that Britain gave our homelands to, but this is clear in the book. What is not clear is what do we do about it.  Reconciliation begins with truth and in this case, it is really our homeland, and nothing can be decided without us.  We must become the authors of a new story and I think the writer is taking us in that direction, bravely, doggedly and with grim determination."

Lee Maracle is an award-winning poet, novelist, and teacher

"Twelve years in the making, Graham’s Insatiable Hunger makes no excuses for the blind ravages of the Euro-Christian invasion of North America. Grasping the distinction between the Indigenous American gift economy, with its emphasis on nature-connected sustainability, and the Euro-Christian market economy, with its emphasis on wealth accumulation at any cost (to others), Graham wends his way through the meta-history of European colonization, 1535−1814. He places it in the context of, on the one hand, the lack of any Indigenous need for Europeans in the Americas, and on the other hand, the invading Europeans’ desire to escape Christianity’s belligerent factions at home, even as they continued their internecine wars of all against all in America. Having escaped Christianity at home, European began imposing it on Indigenes. Locked in their cultural bubble, disdaining Indigenous societies, the French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedes, and British invaders then pushed relentlessly inland, spreading lethal diseases visiting mortality rates on Indigenous nations that fell below population sustainability. What disease and siege did not take, liquor did. Throughout, Graham’s lingering question is how the damage is repaired, as he urges moving from hierarchical markets to egalitarian gift relations. Eminently readable, Graham’s clear and unpretentious yet documented prose respects Indigenous stories as much as Euro-Christian stories in contrasting Indigenous female-male co-valence with European male dominance. "

Barbara Alice Mann, Professor of Humanities at Jesup Scott Honors College

Table of Contents

Section A, Contact
I.First Encounter
II.The Great Law of Peace
III.Herding and Male Dominance
IV.Eurasian versus American Agriculture
V.Off to a Bad Start

Section B, Wars of Religion
VI.Coligny and the Dream of New France 1560
VII.Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
VIII.The Dead Do Not Make War 1570
IX.Meanwhile, in England 1530-1610
X.Good King Henri 1610
XI.Republic of the United Netherlands 1600-20

Section C, Protestant Beachhead
XII.The Wampanoag
XIII.Brûlé, Savignon and the Gift Economy 1609
XIV.Champlain’s Choice 1610
XV.The Three Sisters
XVI.The Route to the West 1613
XVII.European-style Warfare Introduced
XVIII.The Pilgrims and the Wampanoag 1620

Section D: The Breakdown Begins
XIX.The Beaver Wars 1624
XX.Cardinal Richelieu and the Kirke Brothers 1629
XXI.Disease Among the Nations1635
XXII.Huronia and the Jesuits
XXIII.A Vision called Montreal
XXIV.War and the Dispersal of Huronia 1648
XXV.Metacomet (King Philip’s War) and The Covenant Chain (1637-1675)
XXVI.La Grande Paix de Montréal

Section E: A Monster Replicates
XXVII.The British Hydra
XXVIII.Sir William Johnson 1750-70
XXIX.The Seven Years’ War
XXX.British War Plans

Section F: British Hegemony
XXXI.Pontiac and the Proclamation of 1763
XXXII.American War of Independence 1770s
XXXIII.War of 1812
XXXIV.A Good Life

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