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King Philip's War : the history and legacy of America's forgotten conflict
Schultz, Eric B., 1957-
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First edition.
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Woodstock, VT : Countryman Press, [1999]

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xv, 416 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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E83.67 .S38 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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An ambitious work that details the events of the little-known King Philip's War, a two-year Indian rebellion that reduced many of New England's settlements to ashes and marked a crucial turning point in the battle for control of land in the New World

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Booklist Review

For those who think that savage ethnic conflict is largely restricted to the Old World, this superb study of the most destructive war of our colonial period will prove instructive. Beginning in 1675 in Massachusetts, this two-year struggle between colonists and various allied Native American tribes ravaged New England settlements and Native American villages on an unprecedented scale. As Schultz and Tougias indicate, this war was one of attempted annihilation, during which both sides routinely committed merciless atrocities and were unwilling to acknowledge the humanity of their opponents. Although the authors are not professional historians, their research and utilization of sources are outstanding, and they write with a riveting narrative style that captures the horror and tragedy of the struggle. This is a grindingly depressing saga but one that should be read by anyone wishing to comprehend subsequent relations between Native Americans and westward-moving pioneers. The text is well supported by maps and period illustrations. --Jay Freeman

Library Journal Review

This work about the brutal 18th-century war between Indian tribes (led by a daring and skilled chief known as King Philip) is divided into three quite different parts. The first part provides a relatively concise chronological retelling of the war. The second part, organized geographically and the heart of the volume, takes readers through New England to various sites associated with the conflict. Frequent references to present-day localities make it possible to use these pages as a sort of historical guidebook. The third part offers three contemporary narratives reflecting the significance of the war on the people of the era. Useful maps assist the reader throughout. Although King Philip's War is little known today, the conflict has not been as ignored as the authors claim hereÄwitness, for example, Jill Lepore's acclaimed The Name of War (LJ 3/1/98). However, this book does much to reestablish the conflict's importance for popular historical study of the area, making it especially useful for public libraries.ÄCharles K. Piehl, Mankato State Univ., MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

King Philip's War is more complex than hitherto depicted by historians, including the admirable studies of Douglas E. Leach. This book is divided into three parts: a brief history of the war; "Sites," which is the longest section; and eyewitness accounts. Schultz and Tougias discuss the involvement of several dozen Indian tribes, their leaders, and the locations of the numerous events in the context of modern geography. They provide a complete analysis of the causes of the war and attribute the failure of the Indian uprising chiefly to logistical problems in obtaining food, divided leadership, and especially the devastating attacks by Mohawks on New England Algonquians. Unfortunately, the authors frequently fail to follow up on main events such as the Great Swamp Fight, which merits only a few lines here and there. There is very little on the war from the perspective of the New England governments. As it is, however, this study, best styled the "field book of King Philip's War," commendably reveals the full scale of the war as it unfurled in its various sectors. The 80 illustrations and maps are of excellent quality. Recommended for all levels. H. M. Ward; University of Richmond