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Author: Thomas S. Abler

Title: Scalping, Torture, Cannibalism and Rape

Subtitle: An Ethnohistorical Analysis of Conflicting Cultural Values in War

Journal: Anthropologica (New Series)

Volume: 34

Issue: 1

Year: 1992

Pages: 3-20

ISSN: 0003-5459 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 17th Century, 18th Century | American History: Canadian History, U.S. History | Types: Wartime Rape / American Indian Wars



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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Author: Thomas Abler, Department of Anthropology, University of WaterlooAcademia.edu

Abstracts:

»All warfare involves rules that limit the violence inflicted upon the enemy. When combatants differ in culture, initially each side will observe its own set of rules. Conflict between Indians and Europeans in eastern North America is examined here. The Indian practice of scalping was soon adopted by Europeans. Both cultures had traditions of public torture, but Europeans never adopted the associated practice of cannibalism. Rape of females was found in European war; Indians did not rape. The failure of some practices of war to cross cultural boundaries allows each side to classify enemy behavior as barbaric.« (Source: Anthropologia)

»All warfare involves rules that limit the violence inflicted upon the enemy. When combatants differ in culture, initially each side will observe its own set of rules. The author examines conflict between Indians and Europeans in eastern North America during the 17th and 18th centuries. The Indian practice of scalping was soon adopted by Europeans. Both cultures had traditions of public torture, but Europeans never adopted the associated practice of cannibalism. Rape of females was found in European war; Indians did not rape. The failure of some practices of war to cross cultural boundaries allows each side to classify enemy behavior as barbaric.« (Source: America: History and Life)

Contents:

  Introduction (p. 3)
  European Views of Indian War Practices (p. 6)
  Notes (p. 15)
  References Cited (p. 16)

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of the United States | Types of rape: Wartime sexual violence | War: American Indian Wars