"Journal of American History"
An important book for scholars of Native history and colonial American history.
"American Indian Quarterly"
"This is a detailed, accurate, and convincing study of the Iroquois before 1720.
"William and Mary Quarterly""
An outstanding contribution to the study of Iroquois history and culture.
"American Indian Culture and Research Journal"
This is a detailed, accurate, and convincing study of the Iroquois before 1720.
"William and Mary Quarterly"
Richter has made a major contribution to the literature on the Iroquois; it will confirm and enhance his reputation as a leading scholar in the field.--Journal of American History
Richter breaks through the many myths and cliches surrounding Iroquois life and power in colonial America. To do so, he draws on Dutch, French, and English documents, the work of archaeologists, Iroquois oral traditions, and the methods and insights of cultural anthropology. The result is a thorough, highly informed, subtly nuanced account of the Iroquois people from their pre-contact beginnings to the mid-eighteenth century. The Ordeal of the Longhouse will be invaluable not only to historians of the Iroquois and other Indians but to those with an interest in the imperial, frontier, social, and cultural history of colonial North America.--Neal Salisbury, Smith College
An outstanding contribution to the study of Iroquois history and culture and that of cross-cultural relations in North America during the colonial period.--American Indian Culture and Research Journal
This is a detailed, accurate, and convincing study of the Iroquois before 1720.--William and Mary Quarterly
Provides the best account yet written of one of the most remarkable stories of any period of America's history--how the Iroquois peoples conceived of their own unique destiny and thereby shaped both their own lives and those of all with whom they came into contact. A work of exceptional balance and lucidity, the book is both an illuminating example of interdisciplinary analysis and a model of how political history in its broadest sense can be written.--Richard R. Johnson, University of Washington
The careful research, the wealth of details on sources, and the many insights into Iroquois history in the early colonial period make it an important book for scholars of Native history and colonial American history.--American Indian Quarterly
Richter's analysis rests upon impressive documentation, a clear awareness of existing historical literature on the Iroquois, and recent trends in ethnohistorical research. . . . This book succeeded in giving a solid basis for understanding the cultural and economic changes in Indian societies that resulted from the European invasion of America.--Journal of American Ethnic History