HIST 152: Growth of the American Nation to 1865
British Empire, Early Modern Europe, Nineteenth Century America
Mr. Michna is currently studying social and cultural interaction between the Iroquois Confederacy and the French, Dutch, and English in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He is particularly interested in religious exchanges between natives and European colonial missionaries, with a focus on the various ways that this point of cultural contact influenced wider interactions such as trade and diplomacy. He is also interested in prophecy and mysticism, both within native shamanic circles and Christian religious tradition, and the ways that this aspect of religion shaped periodic bouts of native resistance and violence against European imperialism.