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The Ordeal of the Longhouse: The Peoples of the Iroquois League in the Era of European Colonization / Edition 1

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Overview

Richter examines a wide range of primary documents to survey the responses of the peoples of the Iroquois League—the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, Senecas, and Tuscaroras—to the challenges of the European colonialization of North America. He demonstrates that by the early eighteenth century a series of creative adaptations in politics and diplomacy allowed the peoples of the Longhouse to preserve their cultural autonomy in a land now dominated by foreign powers.

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An important book for scholars of Native history and colonial American history.

American Indian Quarterly

An outstanding contribution to the study of Iroquois history and culture.

American Indian Culture and Research Journal

This is a detailed, accurate, and convincing study of the Iroquois before 1720.

William and Mary Quarterly

Richter has made a major contribution to the literature on the Iroquois.

Journal of American History

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Meet the Author

Daniel K. Richter is the Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America, and is coeditor of Beyond the Covenant Chain: The Iroquois and Their Neighbors in Indian North America, 1600-1800.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Illustrations
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Iroquois in the World on the Turtle's Back 8
Ch. 2 The Great League of Peace and Power 30
Ch. 3 The Great League for War and Survival 50
Ch. 4 The Economic Lifeline to the Dutch 75
Ch. 5 The Ascendancy of the Francophiles 105
Ch. 6 The Revolt of the Anglophiles 133
Ch. 7 The Last of the Beaver Wars 162
Ch. 8 The Political Crisis of the Iroquois Confederacy 190
Ch. 9 The Precarious Settlement Abroad and at Home 214
Ch. 10 The Neutralist Diplomacy of Peace and Balance 236
Ch. 11 The Iroquois in a Euro-American World 255
Methodological Comments 281
Abbreviations Used in the Notes 285
Notes 287
Select Bibliography 391
Index 417
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