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Iroquois Diplomacy on the Early American Frontier: The Penguin Library of American Indian History

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A vividly drawn portrait of the powerful Iroquois nation during colonial America

In the fourth title in The Penguin Library of American Indian History, Timothy J. Shannon tells the story of the most influential Native American confederacy of the colonial era. The Iroquois occupied a strategic region between Canada and New York and engaged in active trade and diplomacy wit

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Scott Taylor
A narrative, really a monograph, of Native American/European interactions during the 18th century. Focusing on the Iroquois and their unique brand of diplomacy. The book provides an insightful, even-handed, factual account of this time frame, while avoiding a potential downfall of interpreting or providing meta-commentary beyond the very tight focus of its subject matter.

I recently read an account of an earlier time in the exploration and settlement of the northeastern parts of North America, t
This is a detailed account of the diplomacy practiced by Six Nations among themselves and with Europeans from the 1600's through the American Revolution. Thinking about the vast cultural differences it was amazing how often the Six Nations and the Europeans did manage to understand each other. Unfortunately from the beginning the Iroquois became dependent on European goods, which put them at a disadvantage. Incidentally, the first Europeans settling in Ohio were illegal aliens. Britain and the I ...more
David Bates
Timothy Shannon’s 2008 work Iroquois Diplomacy on the Early American Frontier provides a picture of an Iroquois League. Persistently misunderstood as a kind of native nation state, the Iroquois League functioned foremost as a forum for the five (later six) nations of its membership to mediate disagreements and stifle the violent cycle of retribution which racked native people’s elsewhere. Formed one to two centuries after the onset of the Little Ice Age, sometime after southern migrations of the ...more
Homer H Blass
Using as a textbook in my graduate course in American Diplomatic History for the first week. I found it interesting and insightful and my students found it easier going than the other text; Schiff's account of Franklin on Paris. I would like to read or at least skim the other volumes in this Penguin series on American Indian tribes and American foreign relations. There was a related article I posted from The New York Times last week. In 2010 the Iroquois nation was invited to attend the internat ...more
Evenhanded and detailed. A little Mohawk-heavy, but I think that's driven by availability of sources. The brief historiography review in the intro was informative.
Good overall. Interesting introduction to Iroquois society and the role the Six Nations played in American and Canadian History. The downside is that it's easy to loose track of the narrative because the events are so repetitive (treaty council in Montreal, treaty council in Albany, repeat as needed).
Ken Schaefer
enjoyed this book and gave a counterperpective of the Iroquois Confederacy other than the one I heard about how the confederacy was a building block for American government.
Ex Libris
Solid introduction for generalist reader
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