Revolution and Conquest: Politics, Violence, and Social Change in the Ohio Valley, 1765-1795
The transformation of the Ohio Valley between the 1760s and 1790s was as much a revolution within frontier communities as a conquest by an external state. To achieve their goals, both Indians and settlers used intersecting social networks to unite disparate factions into awkward and unstable coalitions. This process of coalition building and the traumas of protracted warfare realigned relations of power within both Indian and settler communities, bestowing ever more influence on individuals who could secure material and military aid from colonial states. State formation entailed the consolidation of a coalition linking Indian and colonial brokers with eastern governments, a coalition that grew out of the interpersonal relationships and informal networks that provided the framework of revolutionary politics. Patterns of political activity that arose and thrived in the absence of effective formal institutions thus undergirded the expanding territorial sovereignty of the new republic.
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