This introductory essay identifies the major themes of the special issue, emphasizing both indigenous peoples' anticipation of how imperial modernity hailed them and their determination to work with as well as against it. The mobility, and restlessness, of the actors examined in the essays that follow helped to guarantee this defensive agency and to produce a shared grammar of engagement and resistance across disparate native communities in the nineteenth and twentieth-century worlds they travelled through.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-496
Number of pages6
JournalCultural and Social History
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • British and American empires
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Gender
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Violence
  • Writings and ethnography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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