The Native Americans

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"A common belief among many... (Native Americans) was that if they were brave enough, fought hard enough, and won the support of their gods... they could somehow stop the white advance." Throughout the book, the author explores warfare, weapons, and the social consequences of Native Americans and whites fighting during the pivotal period when large numbers of Europeans came to live in North America. Native American intertribal warfare had been localized, of small scale, and of short duration. Warring groups typically survived skirmishes and remained in their traditional homelands afterwards. Many tribes shared cultural traditions when engaging each other in battles. But Europeans deemed Native American guerilla-style tactics barbaric and cowardly and equated the close-to-the-earth lifestyle as backward, unsophisticated, and needing improvement or eradication. Native American clubs, bows and arrows, and wooden armor were no match for rifles and cannons. Outgunned and outnumbered by European settlers, Native Americans were eventually forced to abandon their ancient homelands, destroying their way of life. As promised in the foreword, we are graphically shown that war is an ever-present reality with far-reaching effects on human society and its development. The glossary references terms like atlatl, foot surround, Ghost Dance, pipe tomahawk, and windage. Bibliographical notes and an index, plus text and Internet references are included in the 112 pages. With numerous pictures and illustrations, this in-depth survey makes a solid reference book. "The History of Weapons and Warfare" series includes The Middle Ages, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and The Civil War.2003, Lucent Books/The Gale Group/Thomson Learning,
— Chris Gill
VOYA
Nardo, author of many historical nonfiction books, presents a six-volume "History of Weapons and Warfare" series that describes the warfare and weapons of the past. The Native Americans describes weapons used by the native people of the Americas before and after Europeans arrived. Individual books are broken up into the types of war and warfare used by each culture. Spiritual weapons such as the Ghost Dance are also mentioned. In The Middle Ages, Nardo begins by comparing the romanticized views of medieval times to the brutal reality of the era. Readers are taken from the early warfare of the time and are shown how different techniques and weapons developed. Topics such as fortifications and tactics are also covered. The writing about the horrific events of wartime is very clear and blunt and does not lecture readers. Sidebars are used to draw attention to specific issues. There are plain black-and-white illustrations that help demonstrate the author's points. Nardo includes extensive quotes from ancient and modern sources in the body of the text. A passage from a fourteenth-century Frenchman included in The Middle Ages demonstrates the deadly effectiveness of the English yeoman, or longbow archers. These firsthand accounts liven up the text, giving readers a chance to see battles through the eyes of those who experienced them. The vocabulary is high level and the sentences can be complex. This series would be an excellent choice for high school library collections, although the series will also have appeal to teens interested in the subject matter. Other titles in the series include Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and The Civil War.VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Lucent, 112p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Source Notes., PLB. Ages 15 to 18.
—Leslie McCombs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590180709
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 2/21/2003
  • Series: History of Weapons and Warfare
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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