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Violence over the Land

Indians and Empires in the Early American West

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$23.00 • £17.95 • €20.50

ISBN 9780674027206

Publication: April 2008

Academic Trade

384 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

18 halftones, 2 maps, 1 graph

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American Indians remain familiar as icons, yet poorly understood as historical agents. In this ambitious book that ranges across Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, and eastern California (a region known as the Great Basin), Ned Blackhawk places Native peoples squarely at the center of a dynamic and complex story as he chronicles two centuries of Indian and imperial history that profoundly shaped the American West.

On the distant margins of empire, Great Basin Indians increasingly found themselves engulfed in the chaotic storms of European expansion and responded in ways that refashioned themselves and those around them. Focusing on Ute, Paiute, and Shoshone Indians, Blackhawk illuminates this history through a lens of violence, excavating the myriad impacts of colonial expansion. Brutal networks of trade and slavery forged the Spanish borderlands, and the use of violence became for many Indians a necessary survival strategy, particularly after Mexican Independence when many became raiders and slave traffickers. Throughout such violent processes, these Native communities struggled to adapt to their changing environments, sometimes scoring remarkable political ends while suffering immense reprisals.

Violence over the Land is a passionate reminder of the high costs that the making of American history occasioned for many indigenous peoples, written from the vantage point of an Indian scholar whose own family history is intimately bound up in its enduring legacies.

Awards

  • Most Influential Books in Native American and Indigenous Studies of the First Decade of the Twenty-First Century Prize, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association
  • 2008 John C. Ewers Award, Western History Association
  • 2007 Erminie Wheeler-Voegelin Prize, American Society of Ethnohistory
  • 2007 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize, American Studies Association
  • 2007 Frederick Jackson Turner Award, Organization of American Historians
  • 2007 Robert M. Utley Award, Western History Association
  • 2006 William P. Clements Prize, William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University
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