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Includes bibliographical references (p. 329-438) and index.

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More than 100 pages of notes and acknowledgments testify to the extensive research on which this book is based. Merrell (The Indians' New World, Univ. of North Carolina, 1989), a prize-winning professor of history at Northwestern University, concentrates on the interactions between Pennsylvania colonists and their Indian neighbors during the first half of the 18th century. More specifically, he focuses on the "go-betweens"‘intermediaries, interpreters, and negotiators‘who mediated between these two groups as they alternated combat and killing with periods of uneasy peace. Although the book is supposedly organized chronologically, it skips back and forth through the years confusingly. Peripherally interesting discussions of travel rigors and wampum also detract from the emphasis on the fascinating men who took on the difficult role of negotiator and were essential to establishing and maintaining relationships between the Indians and the settlers. Libraries that specialize in early American and Native American history will find this a useful addition.‘Morton Teicher, formerly with Univ. of North Carolina (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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James H. Merrell is Lucy Maynard Salmon Professor of History at Vassar College.

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