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Brightening the Covenant Chain: Revealing Cultures of Diplomacy Between the Crown and the Iroquois

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Dr Charles Prior

Dr Charles Prior
Head of the School of Humanities & Reader in History

Josine Opmeer

Susannah Hopson

Project Description

This project will showcase cultures of diplomacy between the British Crown and the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee), focusing specifically on the range of objectives listed below. Although the processes surrounding settlement of American lands have been explored in depth by scholars such as Karen O’Brien, Pekka Hämäläinen and Stuart Banner, the vital dimension of diplomacy between the Crown and the dominant indigenous Northeastern confederation, has not. This project will address this gap using new British and understudied American archives and by drawing upon an interdisciplinary team with exceptional indigenous, transnational, transhistorical and legal expertise. The intention is to transform understanding of the diplomatic context and agency of the British Crown and its Haudenosaunee allies during a crucial period in British and world history.

Project Acronym BTC
Status Project Live
Funder(s) Arts & Humanities Research Council
Value £684,621.00
Project Dates Apr 1, 2021 - Sep 30, 2024
Partner Organisations American Museum and Gardens
North American Native Museum
Yale University
New York State Parks
The Royal Archives

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