The engine behind [European imperialism and colonization] was the fur trade, a vast, complex, too often misunderstood commerce that drew Europeans deep into the interior of the continent, enmeshed its native peoples in the global economy, and helped trigger almost 125 years of imperial war for possession of America. Susan Sleeper-Smith has done this important subject a considerable service with Rethinking the Fur Trade. In a massive, elegantly appointed anthology, she has provided graduate students with a comprehensive summary of modern scholarship in the field, instructors with a sophisticated and variegated classroom tool, and scholars with an invaluable historiographical reference.
Skinner, Claibore. Review of Rethinking the Fur Trade: Cultures of Exchange in an Atlantic World, ed. Susan Sleeper-Smith. Annals of Iowa 69, no. 4 (Fall 2010): 449-50. http://digitalcommons.imsa.edu/hss_pr/3/.