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Thundersticks : firearms and the violent transformation of native America

Author: David J Silverman
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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David Silverman argues against the notion that Indians prized flintlock muskets more for their pyrotechnics than for their efficiency as tools of war. Native peoples fully recognized the potential of  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David J Silverman
ISBN: 9780674737471 0674737474
OCLC Number: 991135078
Notes: Index.
Description: xii, 371 pages : illustrations, carte ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: What Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull knew --
Launching the Indian arms race --
A vicious commerce: slaves and alliance for guns --
Recoil: the fatal quest for arms during King Philip's War --
Indian gunmen against the British Empire --
Otters for arms --
The Seminoles resist removal --
Indian gunrunners in a wild West --
The rise and fall of the centaur gunmen --
Epilogue: AIM raises the rifle.
Responsibility: David J. Silverman.

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Focusing on the military and political changes stemming from the spread of firearms in North America, this is a well-informed, clearly argued account of the significance of access to these Read more...

 
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