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"Some by flatteries and others by threatenings": Political strategies among Native Americans of seventeenth-century southern New England


1993 1993

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This dissertation examines political processes within Native American societies of seventeenth-century southern New England, focusing on the strategies used by individuals and groups to legitimize or challenge political authority within Native society. Documentary, archaeological, and oral history data are integrated in order to investigate the significance of and variation in different political strategies involving ideology, alliance, marriage, coercion, settlement, exchange, and the manipulation of material culture. I compare the political strategies employed by the leadership of three historically known polities (the Mohegans, Pequots, and Narragansetts). Two of these experienced a violently contested change in leadership personnel, while in the third leadership was more stable. These differences in internal political struggles, particularly in the legitimizing of authority, provide a context for understanding variation in political strategies.

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Subject
Archaeology;
Cultural anthropology
Classification
0324: Archaeology
0326: Cultural anthropology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Mohegans; Narragansetts; Pequots; seventeenth century
Title
"Some by flatteries and others by threatenings": Political strategies among Native Americans of seventeenth-century southern New England
Author
Johnson, Eric Spencer
Number of pages
359
Publication year
1993
Degree date
1993
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 54/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Keene, Arthur S.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9316670
ProQuest document ID
304067367
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304067367
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