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Strange Empire

Strange Empire

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Author Joseph Kinsey Howard, Foreword by Bernard DeVoto

Minnesota Historical Society Press (November 15, 1994)

Descendants of fur traders and Indians, the Métis mounted insurrections against the Canadian government in 1869-70 and 1885 led by the messianic Louis Riel.


With passion and verve, Joseph Kinsey Howard, author of the best-sellingMontana: High, Wide, and Handsome, narrates the tragic story of Riel, the Métis people, and their struggle for a homeland on the plains of the U.S.-Canada border.

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Praise for Strange Empire:

"A moving and brooding book."
New York Times

"Mr. Howard's book . . . is history reflective of his humanity, as it is reflective of his integrity, his scholarship, his depth, his informed respect for language. It will endure as a contribution to historiography."
A. B. Guthrie, Saturday Review

"The compass of Strange Empire is the history of the resistance put up by people of mixed French and Indian blood and by their cousins, the Plains Indians, to the advance of the Canadian settlement frontier. Mr. Howard's narrative . . . is outstanding . . . because of his sensitive delineation of the cultures of the Plainsmen."
The Beaver

"The author has sacrificed neither fact nor detail in bringing to life events which hitherto have escaped the attention of most historians. Recommended."
Library Journal

"Tense as narrative, very moving as tragedy, [this book] illuminates a part of the strange path that the people of North America have traveled as they came to be what they are. It increases understanding, it explains part of our heritage, and so it adds to our heritage. I am content to let those words define the art of history."
from the foreword by Bernard DeVoto

  • 637 pages
  • 5.375 x 8.5 inches
  • ISBN: 9780873512985

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