The First Frontier by Scott Weidensaul

THE FIRST FRONTIER: THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF STRUGGLE, SAVAGERY, AND ENDURANCE IN EARLY AMERICA

BY SCOTT WEIDENSAUL

The thought questions aren’t intended to be “answered” but are just broad questions to consider (if helpful) as you are reading. They are intentionally broad and general. Have fun with them, use them as tools not like tasks. If you just enjoy reading a good book and don’t wish to think about the questions that entirely fine. I hope everyone finds something meaningful in the group and the thought questions and optional reading may be helpful if desired.

READING SCHEDULE AND OPTIONAL THOUGHT QUESTIONS

  • Optional Thought Questions for the entire book: 
    In the book The Struggle for the Eurasian Borderlands, Alfred Rieber discusses the interactions and clashes between cultures on the Eurasian borderlands. In what ways does the experience on the Russian borderlands compare and contrast with the struggle along the North American first frontier? 
    In what ways did cooperation for mutual advantage effect their interactions and how does the two situations compare/contrast? 
    In what ways did these groups create mental “cognitive spaces” to explain or justify their beliefs and actions and how do they compare/contrast? 
    How does religion play a similar or contrasting role among and between Eurasian and North American colonizers and colonized? 

    If interested, also see Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the German, Hapsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Borderlands

Reading Table of Contents