The Iroquois in the War of 1812

The Iroquois in the War of 1812

by Carl Benn
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University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division


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The Iroquois in the War of 1812

Until now, the story of Iroquois participation in the War of 1812 has not received detailed examination, and there have consequently been major gaps in our understanding of the Iroquois, their relations with Euroamerican society, and the course of the war itself. The Iroquois in the War of 1812 proves that, in fact, the Six Nations' involvement was 'too significant to ignore.'

Benn explores this involvement by focusing on Iroquois diplomatic, military, and cultural history during the conflict. He looks at the Iroquois' attempts to stay out of the war, their entry into hostilities, their modes of warfare, the roles they played in different campaigns, their relationships with their allies, and the effects that the war had on their society. He also details the military and diplomatic strength of the Iroquois during the conflict, despite the serious tensions that plagued their communities.

This account reveals how the British benefited more than the Americans from the contributions of their Iroquois allies, and underscores how important the Six Nations were to the successful defence of Canada. It will appeal to general readers in both Canada and the United States and will have relevance for students and scholars of military, colonial, and Native history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802081452
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 10/28/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Carl Benn is a professor in the Department of History at Ryerson University, and the author of Iroquois in the War of 1812, also published by University of Toronto Press.

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Christopher T. George

'Carl Benn has written a masterful study of the role that the Iroquois played in the war between the United States and Great Britain known as the War of 1812 ... Benn gives full consideration to social conditions within the Iroquois and to how they conducted war.'

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