The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1987 - History - 396 pages
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The "settling" of the American West has been powerfully perceived throughout the world as a series of quaint, violent, and romantic adventuresmost withhappy endings and a process that came to an end with the "closing" of thefrontier in the 1890s. But in fact, Patricia Nelson Limerick argues, the AmericanWest has a history grounded in primary economic realityin hardheaded questionsof profit, loss, competition, and consolidation. In The Legacy of Conquest, she interprets the stories and the characters in a new way: the trappers, traders, Indians, farmers, oilmen, cowboys, and sheriffs of the Old West "meant business"in more ways than one, and their descendents mean business today.
  

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Review: The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West

User Review  - Keith McGowan - Goodreads

The author makes broad generalizations of her own interpretations of American history. The few specific examples she provides fail to support her broad generalizations. She refuses to support her ... Read full review

Review: The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West

User Review  - William Wyckoff - Goodreads

A classic definition of what the "New Western History" is all about. A book that helped defined that genre. This book looks at many traditional topics in western history in fresh ways. A must-read for ... Read full review

Contents

Closing the Frontier and Opening Western History
17
THE CONQUERORS
33
Empire of Innocence
35
Property Values
55
Denial and Dependence
78
Uncertain Enterprises
97
The Meeting Ground of Past and Present
134
THE CONQUERORS MEET THEIR MATCH
177
The Persistence of Natives
179
America the Borderland
222
Racialism on the Run
259
Mankind the Manager
293
The Burdens of Western American History
322
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About the author (1987)

Patricia Nelson Limerick is a professor of history & chair of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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