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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Will make more responses later, but for now I'm wondering what this text was for? So far I've only read half (should finish it later today), and it seems to be by an large a historical account of colonisation and resistance. A researched counter-narrative, and also one that highlights that people didn't just roll over and give the land.

What else does it do? Who is it written for?


RosaReborn OP wrote

I agree that I wish the focus of the paper was more on the actual resistance as opposed to simply the European Imperialism. Most of the reference to armed struggle didn't really go beyond "150 fighters stood their ground at ...." or "Some resistance was made but the population of X was reduced to 5% its initial levels." I would have liked more detail and impact in some of the descriptions of resistance.

That being said it emphasizes how brutal American colonization was and how much was put in ideologically and materially into dominating it. So many times today I feel small against the powers that dominate the world. I don't know what I can do against such great odds. More ideology and material are being spent to sustain the functioning of society than ever before, and in all likelihood maybe only 5% of us will remain after future struggles, it is still important to fight.

Basically I enjoyed it because it was a story of resistance in the face of shear brutality and there is some inspiration and comfort in that, even if things don't have a happy ending. Maybe I'm adding a lot to the story since most of it does read like a (more accurate) textbook