Collected in honor of a retiring David Weber, and published after his untimely 2010 death, the essays in Contested Spaces of Early America are a worthy tribute to a great historian.

In their introduction Juliana Barr and Edward Countryman place Contested Spaces’ essays within the kind of hemispheric frame Weber used in his 2005 Bárbaros: Spaniards and Their Savages in the Age of Enlightenment. Barr and Countryman, however, view the peoples and places of the Americas from a different angle than Weber did. Where Weber worked out from a Spanish imperial center, Barr and Countryman focus on “Indian cores” (24). They imagine the Americas not as a collection of regions organized around European polities but as a “unified space defined by indigenous experiences with colonialism” (23), and they hope to make Indians the axis around which the gathered analyses of colonization...

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