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Beyond the covenant chain : the Iroquois and their neighbors in Indian North America, 1600-1800

Author: Daniel K Richter; James Hart Merrell
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For centuries the Western view of the Iroquois was clouded by the myth that they were the supermen of the frontier - "the Romans of this Western World," as De Witt Clinton called them in 1811. Only in recent years have scholars come to realize the extent to which Europeans had exaggerated the power of the Iroquois. Beyond the Covenant Chain was one of the first studies to acknowledge fully that the Iroquois never  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel K Richter; James Hart Merrell
ISBN: 027102299X 9780271022994
OCLC Number: 51306167
Notes: Originally published: New York : Syracuse University Press, 1987.
Description: xx, 211 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Maps: The Iroquois and their neighbors in the early 1670s ; the Iroquois and their neighbors in the early 1760s --
Introduction / Daniel K. Richter and James H. Merrell --
Ordeals of the longhouse: the Five Nations in early American history / Daniel K. Richter --
Linking arms: the structure of Iroquois intertribal diplomacy / Mary Druke Becker --
Covenance and consensus: Iroquois and English, 1676-1760 / Richard L. Haan --
Toward the Covenant Chain: Iroquois and Southern New England Algonquians, 1637-1684 / Neal Salisbury --
"Pennsylvania Indians" and the Iroquois / Francis Jennings --
Peoples "inbetween": the Iroquois and the Ohio Indians, 1720-1768 / Michael N. McConnell --
"Their very bones shall fight": The Catawba-Iroquois Wars / James H. Merrell --
Cherokee relations with the Iroquois in the Eighteenth Century / Theda Perdue --
"As the wind scatters the smoke": The Tascaroras in the Eighteenth Century / Douglas W. Boyce.
Responsibility: edited with a new preface by Daniel K. Richter and James H. Merrell ; foreword by Wilcomb E. Washburn.

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First published in 1987, "Beyond the Covenant Chain" was one of the first studies to acknowledge that the Iroquois never had an empire. This book remains a valuable study of diplomatic amd military  Read more...

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