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Peace Came in the Form of a Woman


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Juliana Barr is assistant professor of history at the University of Florida.


[Barr's] conclusions are compelling . . . . Everyone who studies the Spanish borderlands, Native Americans, or women needs to read this book.--CHOICE
A carefully researched account of historical interactions.--North Dakota Quarterly
A field-changing work. . . . The first to show how really essential gender is to contact studies.--William and Mary Quarterly
A fine book in every respect, clearly written, persuasive, solidly documented, and useful for both student and scholar alike. . . . Encourages scholars to look anew at areas where Indians met Europeans.--Hispanic American Historical Review
A highly valuable contribution to the indigenous historiography of the southwestern borderlands in the early period of European contact.--Journal of Southern History
A superbly crafted contribution to the growing literature that places Native Americans at the center of the struggle for control of eighteenth-century North America. . . . This finely conceptualized and beautifully executed book easily ranks on the short list of essential reading for scholars of Native American history.--Journal of Interdisciplinary History
An important analysis of Spanish-Indian relations in a borderlands region where Indian power stayed remarkably strong. Through her recovery of the stories of women, Barr shows that, at least until the nineteenth century, gender remained a stronger influence than race on those always volatile relationships.--Church History
Barr skillfully blends anthropology and Spanish sources to present a complicated picture that revises the standard narrative of Spanish colonial Texas. . . . A nuanced picture of the shifting ground upon which Spanish-Indian relations were built, and the importance of tapping into indigenous understandings of diplomacy in order to more completely comprehend these cultural encounters.--New Mexico Historical Review
Contributes to a fundamental debate in North American history. . . . Well-written and insightful.--Arkansas Historical Review
Deserves to be reckoned with by future scholarship on colonial Texas. . . . Provides . . . fundamental contributions to the historiography on colonial Texas.--Catholic Southwest
Engaging and beautifully written. . . . Provides vivid accounts of Indian power and the gendered ways it was expressed.--Western Historical Quarterly
Historiographically significant and beautifully written, Peace Came in the Form of a Woman will enjoy a wide readership among those interested in early American, Native American, and Borderlands history.--Journal of American Ethnic History
Juliana Barr . . . brings us a brilliant re-analysis of the interactions of the Native Americans and Spaniards across the frontier . . . . With remarkable insight and cultural perspicuity, Barr filters the early Texas history story through a new historical lens. . . . From the book's opening Introduction, the reader is stunned with the inversion of historical understanding.--East Texas Historical Journal
Rich, complex, and detailed. . . . A well-crafted and thoughtful work that does much to alter the landscape of American history.--Signs
Transforming enemies into allies took decades, and Barr offers a way to begin revising and rethinking the literature on these . . . encounters.--The Journal of American History

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