RevisionismJune 12 2002 at 9:12 AM
|ShadowHM (Login ShadowHM)|
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Response to No, it isn't just semantics
Genocide is a specific approach, in terms of policy and intent, that is not synonymous with the general form of conquest.
Of course, both the Spaniards and the less Papist conquerors further north had the assistance of a few microbes here and there. I, for one, do not accept the various revisionist theories that there was a systematic program of biological warfare. I do accept the explanation in "Guns, Germs, and Steel" as a bit more plausible: a by product of interaction.
I am sure that you have now got me scheduled for a wild-goose chase through what remains of my old history texts from University for proof of this recollection.
But I clearly remember the wide-eyed shock with which I read about one of the nastier episodes in Canadian history. When the Sioux came trudging north, anxious to have a refuge from the likes of Custer, one of the things we did was distribute 'smallpox blankets' at the local fort.
So, systematic? No But policy and intent? Clearly there for that particular episode.
And, (so many topics, so little time to research/confirm them all) what would you call the story of the Cherokee? They were not 'conquered' and the outcome of the 'Trail of Tears' was well predicted, but it went ahead regardless.
I find the 'conquered peoples' contention a tough one to swallow, given the Canadian experience. We signed treaties with Native Americans and then still implemented the same nasty policies. We just didn't slaughter them in war as a precursor. The residential school system was a deliberate attempt to assimilate/squelch Native culture, and it has come horribly close to doing it. The healing has only barely begun, and we still have massive court cases ongoing where everyone is ducking the blame.
- Should be taking the cases chronologically - Pete on Jun 12, 9:52 AM
- Criteria for court cases - ShadowHM on Jun 12, 10:41 AM
- Is time money? - Pete on Jun 12, 5:46 PM
- I admit to being torn on this one..... - ShadowHM on Jun 12, 8:20 PM
- Sometimes it is better to do nothing . . . - Pete on Jun 12, 8:43 PM
- Amen! (n/t) - ShadowHM on Jun 13, 10:24 AM
- Why "tough to swallow?" - Occhi on Jun 13, 9:28 AM
- Here's why..... - ShadowHM on Jun 13, 10:34 AM
- OK - Occhi on Jun 14, 6:42 AM