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Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization coverFrom one of the world’s leading experts on Native American law and indigenous peoples’ human rights comes an original and striking intellectual history of Western civilization and the idea of the savage that sheds new light on how we understand ourselves and our contemporary society. Throughout the centuries, conquest, war, and unspeakable acts of violence and dispossession have all been justified by citing civilization’s opposition to the savagery of the tribe. Robert Williams, award winning author, legal scholar, and member of the Lumbee Indian Tribe, proposes a wide-ranging reexamination of the history of the Western world, told from the perspective of civilization’s war on tribalism as a way of life. In Savage Anxieties, Williams shows us how the language of savagery used by the West to talk about the human rights of the world’s indigenous peoples is in dire need of reappraisal.

 

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