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Sixty Years' War for the Great Lakes, 1754-1814
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The Sixty Years' War for the Great Lakes contains twenty essays concerning not only military and naval operations, but also the political, economic, social, and cultural interactions of individuals and groups during the struggle to control the great freshwater lakes and rivers between the Ohio Valley and the Canadian Shield. Contributing scholars represent a wide variety of disciplines and institutional affiliations from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.
     Collectively, these important essays delineate the common thread, weaving together the series of wars for the North American heartland that stretched from 1754 to 1814. The war for the Great Lakes was not merely a sideshow in a broader, worldwide struggle for empire, independence, self-determination, and territory. Rather, it was a single war, a regional conflict waged to establish hegemony within the area, forcing interactions that divided the Great Lakes nationally and ethnically for the two centuries that followed. 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents [Includes Maps]
  2. pp. v-xv
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  1. Preface to the Paperback Edition
  2. pp. xvii-xxii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xxiii-xxxiii
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  1. The Sixty Years’ War for the Great Lakes, 1754–1814: An Overview
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. French Imperial Policy for the Great Lakes Basin
  2. pp. 21-41
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  1. Henry Bouquet and British Infantry Tactics on the Ohio Frontier, 1758–1764
  2. pp. 43-61
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  1. The Microbes of War: The British Army and Epidemic Disease among the Ohio Indians, 1758-1765
  2. pp. 63-78
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  1. Charles-Michel Mouet de Langlade: Warrior, Soldier, and Intercultural "Window" on the Sixty Years' War for the Great Lakes
  2. pp. 79-103
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  1. The Iroquois and the Native American Struggle for the Ohio Valley,1754–1794
  2. pp. 105-124
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  1. The French Connection: The Interior French and Their Role in French-British Relations in the Western Great Lakes Region, 1760-1775
  2. pp. 125-143
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  1. “Ignorant bigots and busy rebels”: The American Revolution in the Western Great Lakes
  2. pp. 145-165
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  1. Fortress Detroit, 1701-1826
  2. pp. 167-185
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  1. Rethinking the Gnadenhutten Massacre: The Contest for Power in the Public World of the Revolutionary Pennsylvania Frontier
  2. pp. 187-213
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  1. War as Cultural Encounter in the Ohio Valley
  2. pp. 215-225
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  1. Liberty and Power in the Old Northwest, 1763-1800
  2. pp. 227-242
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  1. Supper and Celibacy: Quaker-Seneca Reflexive Missions
  2. pp. 243-274
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  1. The Mohawk/Oneida Corridor: The Geography of Inland Navigation Across New York
  2. pp. 275-290
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  1. Iroquois External Affairs, 1807-1815: The Crisis of the New Order
  2. pp. 291-302
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  1. The Firelands: Land Speculation and the War of 1812
  2. pp. 303-323
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  1. Reluctant Warriors: British North Americans and the War of 1812
  2. pp. 325-336
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  1. Forgotten Allies: The Loyal Shawnees and the War of 1812
  2. pp. 337-351
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  1. “To Obtain Command of the Lakes”: The United States and the Contest for Lakes Erie and Ontario, 1812-1815
  2. pp. 353-371
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  1. The Meanings of the Wars for the Great Lakes
  2. pp. 373-390
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  1. About the Editors and Contributors
  2. pp. 391-395
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  1. Index of Places and Names
  2. pp. 397-414
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