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The ordeal of the longhouse : the peoples of the Iroquois League in the era of European colonization / Daniel K. Richter.

By: Richter, Daniel K.
Contributor(s): Institute of Early American History and Culture (Williamsburg, Va.).
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Chapel Hill : Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, c1992Description: xvi, 436 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0807820601 (cloth : alk. paper); 0807843946 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Iroquois Indians -- History | Iroquois Indians -- First contact with Europeans | Iroquois Indians -- Government relations
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Book University of Texas At Tyler
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E99 .I7 R53 1992 (Browse shelf) Available 0000001722958

Includes bibliographical references (p. 391-415) and index.

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Thoroughly researched and lucidly written, this examination of the Iroquois people from the pre-Columbian period to the 1730s illustrates the adaptability of Native Americans to political, religious, and technological changes. Richter discusses the formation of the Iroquois confederacy and shows that Iroquois warfare was motivated by both economic need and by mourning ceremonies. Although the confederacy initially relied on Dutch trade goods, after 1664 the Iroquois split into pro-French, pro-British, and neutralist factions. Throughout the Colonial period these factions contested for influence over Iroquois diplomacy, but by the 1720s the neutralists dominated and the confederacy rebuilt its strength by adopting captives. Balancing the British against the French and achieving peace with their former Indian enemies, the Iroquois enjoyed a brief period of prosperity before succumbing to European domination. An impressive example of scholarship, Richter's study should appeal to a broad audience. Highly recommended. General; advanced undergraduate; graduate; faculty; professional.

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