Peace Chiefs and Blood Revenge: Patterns of Restraint in Native American Warfare, 1500–1800

TitlePeace Chiefs and Blood Revenge: Patterns of Restraint in Native American Warfare, 1500–1800
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsLee, Wayne E.
JournalJournal of Military History
Volume71
Issue3
Start Page701
Pagination701-741
Date Published07/2007
Abstract

Discussions of the escalation in the intensity and lethality of European–Native American warfare lack a systematic catalog of Indian restraints on war, in contrast to the extensive literature on European warfare. This article surveys eastern Native American societies at war from roughly 1500 to 1800 for limits on destructive potential and intent. Although Indian societies were willing to seek to destroy an enemy, including indiscriminate killing, patterns of restraint inherent to their social authority, cultural values, and methods of warfare tended to limit escalation and the overall level of violence. The dissonance of patterns of restraint in Indian and European warfare contributed to Euro-Indian escalation.

URLhttp://muse.jhu.edu/journals/jmh/summary/v071/71.3lee.html
Short TitlePeace Chiefs and Blood Revenge
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