- Hardcover: 322 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781107022133
- ISBN-13: 978-1107022133
- ASIN: 1107022134
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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"Beck not only opens up the Mississippian world of the sixteenth century but also the various historical forces that worked to transform that world during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. He writes with clarity, confidence, and authority and, without losing any of the power of the evidence or theory, he is careful to explain professional archaeological concepts for non-specialists. It is as fine a piece of scholarship as any I have ever seen."
Robbie Ethridge, University of Mississippi
"This is a a tour de force on the subject of culture contact that should be widely read by both archaeologists and historians. Beck's argument is theoretically sophisticated and at the same time clearly presented."
David G. Anderson, University of Tennessee
"... a must-read for teachers and scholars of the Native South."
Journal of American Studies
"This volume makes significant contributions to Southeastern archaeology and will be of great interest to anyone working with late prehistoric or colonial era indigenous communities."
"Robin Beck's study traces the origin of the Catawba Indians from precontact Appalachian Mississippian chiefdoms through their emergence as a nation in the eighteenth-century Southeast ... a compelling argument that combines the best aspects of anthropological and historical methodology grounded in a thorough discussion of its theoretical implications ... This book is sure to open new avenues of inquiry not only for North American case studies but also for similar sociopolitical geneses elsewhere."
George Edward Milne, The Journal of American History
This book explores the transformation of Native American societies during the first two centuries following European contact. Robin Beck uses a range of archaeological and documentary evidence to offer a new perspective on how Indian nations in the early American South rebuilt their political and social organizations from the ruins of the precolonial world. Focusing on the peoples of the Carolina Piedmont, particularly the Catawba Indians and their neighbors, this book tells a story of contact, collapse, and reconstruction. It is the first book to explain how and why this transformation unfolded in the specific way that it did.
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