The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 7, 2011 - History - 400 pages
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"Limerick is one of the most engaging historians writing today." --Richard White

The "settling" of the American West has been perceived throughout the world as a series of quaint, violent, and romantic adventures. But in fact, Patricia Nelson Limerick argues, the West has a history grounded primarily in economic reality; in hardheaded questions of profit, loss, competition, and consolidation. Here 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  - Alex - Goodreads

This is a classic text for good reason. Limerick sets out to prove, basically, that history ain't so simple. Seeing as this is a fairly easy thing to prove, the work really doesn't do any heavy ... 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 (2011)

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

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