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David L. Preston

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The Albert B. Corey Prize

2010

David L. PrestonThe Texture of Contact: European and Indian Settler Communities on the frontiers of Iroquoia, 1667-1783.
Putting community relations at the heart of this clearly written, innovative study, David L. Preston analyzes intercultural contact among settlers – native and European – on the Iroquoian frontier. The quotidian challenges of daily chores and sociability testify to the mutual concerns within these ethnically diverse communities. Preston then addresses the havoc wrought by imperial warfare, which forced people to choose sides, redefine property and landholding arrangements, and abandon the calibrated accommodations forged over previous decades.
(awarded at AHA Annual Meeting in Boston)