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King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict Paperback – December 1, 2000
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It has some very interesting historical background of King Philip's War and good first hand accounts.
The detailed descriptions of the locales, however, were very long, sometimes overly so. And as someone who is not from New England, these passages grew tedious at times, and even nit-picky about some war-related minutiae.
However, the subject matter in general was interesting to me, and the writing was done well.
The book is really more designed for the professional archaeologist/historian than the casual history reader. But it does have a wealth of information on obscure 17th century New England. If you think you can slog through the denser parts, then I would recommend this book for those interested in American colonial history.
Few people have even heard of this war, and yet the causes of our Revolutionary War can be traced directly back to the outcome of King Philip's war, making this war very important to American history.
This war played a pivotal role in American history, though few people know about it.
When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620, they immediately developed a friendly relationship with the Wampanoag Indians, who traded skins and furs for European manufactured goods.
Problems arose in the 1660s. There was a generational change, signaled by the death of the chief of the Wampanoag, who was replaced by his son, nicknamed King Philip by the colonists. And there was a financial crisis, caused by changes in style among European women, who no longer wanted to purchase skins and furs. One thing led to another, and an extremely violent and brutal war broke out in 1675.
The outcome of this war was that the colonists, who formerly were completely independent of the English Crown, now had to pay taxes to the Crown in return for the Crown's protection against future Indian attacks. The colonists accepted this arrangement because they thought they had to to survive, but by the 1760s they were no longer interested, leading to the Revolutionary War.
This book provides many of the context details that help the reader understand the importance of this war to the entire panorama of American history.
King Philip's war was the first major conflict between English settlers in America and the native Indians -- just one generation after the Pilgrim's landed at Plymouth. This book claims the war set the tone for all future conflicts with the Indians, right through the settling of the West.
The book is organized into three sections: a general summary of the war, a long (and tedious) retelling of the war over and over and over again as regional conflicts, and excerpts from three eye-witness diaries.
If you live in the Northeast or are an avid history buff looking for every minor detail of the conflict, the middle of the book will fascinate you. But if you don't live there, the second section becomes very tedious. The authors are trying to give history buffs locations of every battle and skirmish. But unless you care to follow the Mapquest-like directions, the retellings are pointless. Here's a sample, "However, once away from the canal, Robbins picked up the chase along Bournedale Road to Head of Bay Road, into Wareham on Red Brook Road, passing along Route 6 to Elm Street." There are paragraphs full of that stuff!
If this book contained just the first and last secton, I would have given it 5 stars. Part I is a 71 page summary of the entire war. Part III contains short, heavily redacted excerpts from three eye-witness accounts of the war.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book covers many facets of the war. I was hoping that the authors would have covered more on the Nathaniel Woodcock murder by Indians at the Woodcock Garrison. Read morePublished 15 days ago by William Flink
This book gives a good overview of the events of King Philip's War. I have read other books that go into more detailed analysis of the events and impact of this war on New England.Published 2 months ago by jack brant
This is an outstanding book for both the scholar and layman. Very well researched and clearly written, an excellent text to gain insight into the this largely neglected but vital... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Will Lowe
A well written book backed up with facts and points of interest. Its style is more like a text book versus a store told by a David McCullough or Allan Eckert, but it is factual and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by richard e whitelock
I am enjoying reading about the history of numerous Greatgrandfathers in this book. Thank you. Barb SolbergPublished 11 months ago by barbara solberg
This is a very thorough look at a very important part of early American history in New England. Its very size is intimidating, but it will surely be of great interest to anybody... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Brenton Morley
Actually the book was for husband, (Mike Massey), I have a rich colonial ancestral tree much history in The King Philips War. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Greta Massey