Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: A spiritual biography that takes Louis Riel seriously as a religious figure. Flanagan tells the story of Riel's career as a millenarian prophet and would-be religious reformer. This new edition takes advantage of a wealth of new primary sources. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Louis Riel believed that on 8 December 1875 he received a divine commission authorizing him to save the Métis and reform the Catholic Church. He was a prophet, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and the Métis were the new chosen people. A new branch of the Catholic Church would be founded in North America, with its first Holy See in Montreal, and its second in Riel's birthplace of St. Vital.
When Riel expressed these views in 1876, he was committed to a lunatic asylum. After his release, he suppressed his ideas for several years, only to reveal them again to his Métis followers during the North-West Rebellion. The Rebellion thus became as much a religious as a political movement; Riel believed himself a prophet to the end of his life, and he went to his death thinking that he, like Christ, would be resurrected on the third day.
Earlier writers about Louis Riel have noted his religious beliefs but have not taken them seriously. They have usually dismissed Riel's attempt to found a new religion as the symptom of a deranged mind. Thomas Flanagan takes Riel's religion seriously and analyses it using categories developed in the literature about millenarian movements. He shows that Riel's religion, far from being simply individual madness, is typical of the nativistic and millenarian movements described by one author as the 'religions of the oppressed.'
This is also a biography, tracing Riel's thinking on religious subjects from his childhood to the end of his life and paying particular attention to events in his life that influenced his thinking. This developmental approach is necessary because Riel's ideas changed frequently; he never arrived at a fixed 'system.'
The research is based on primary sources throughout. Much new documentation has become available over the past thirty years and in the sixteen years since this volume was initially published. In particular, new information is presented about Riel's youth in Montreal, his time in insane asylums, his years in Montana, and the North-West Rebellion. Flanagan also re-interprets well-known documents. While this revised edition does not alter the fundamentals of his interpretation, it improves the historical backdrop against which it is presented through use of a wealth of new primary sources. Flanagan has updated his citings of Riel's manuscripts to current sources.
Über den Autor: Thomas Flanagan is Professor of Political Science, University of Calgary. He is the author of several books including Louis 'David' Riel: 'Prophet of the New World', revised edition, UTP 1996.
Buchbeschreibung University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 1996. Buchzustand: Good. Revised. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP90977923
Buchbeschreibung University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 1996. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SONG0802008151
Buchbeschreibung University of Toronto Press, Toranto, 1996. Hard Cover. Buchzustand: Near Fine. No Jacket. xiv, 240 pp, abbreviations, Preface to the Revised Edition, Preface to the First Edition, 1. Preparation, 2. Testing, 3. The Prophet in Chains, 4. The New Religion, 5. Waiting, 6. The Prophet in Arms, 7. Disappointment and Hope, 8. A Comparative View, notes, index., Revised Edition, 1996. Louis David Riel was a Canadian politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and leader of the Métis people of the Canadian prairies. He led two resistance movements (Red River Rebellion of 1869-1870 and the North- West Rebellion of 1885. It ended in his arrest, trial, and execution on a charge of high treason) against the Canadian government and its first post- Confederation Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Riel sought to preserve Métis rights and culture as their homelands in the Northwest came progressively under the Canadian sphere of influence. Slightly stained bottom fore-edge text block, else, Pristine, no wear. Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Red cloth. Size: 8vo. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 000879
Buchbeschreibung University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 1996. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. Revised. Buchnummer des Verkäufers DADAX0802008151