The Comanche Empire

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Yale University Press, 2008 - History - 500 pages
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In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, a Native American empire rose to dominate the fiercely contested lands of the American Southwest, the southern Great Plains, and northern Mexico. This powerful empire, built by the Comanche Indians, eclipsed its various European rivals in military prowess, political prestige, economic power, commercial reach, and cultural influence. Yet, until now, the Comanche empire has gone unrecognized in American history.

 

This compelling and original book uncovers the lost story of the Comanches. It is a story that challenges the idea of indigenous peoples as victims of European expansion and offers a new model for the history of colonial expansion, colonial frontiers, and Native-European relations in North America and elsewhere. Pekka Hämäläinen shows in vivid detail how the Comanches built their unique empire and resisted European colonization, and why they fell to defeat in 1875. With extensive knowledge and deep insight, the author brings into clear relief the Comanches' remarkable impact on the trajectory of history.

 

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User Review  - Billy - Goodreads

A bold new assertion not only for Native American history, but the history of Empire in general. Hamalainen asserts that the active application of soft/hard power tactics by the Comanche, most notably ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gregory - Goodreads

Highly recommend this great book. It is so important to remember that Native Americans were vital actors in the history of this continent, not just passive settlers displaced the instant Europeans ... Read full review

Contents

Reversed Colonialism
1
Conquest
18
New Order
68
The Embrace
107
The Empire of the Plains
141
Greater Comanchería
181
Children of the Sun
239
Hunger
292
Collapse
321
The Shape of Power
342
List of Abbreviations
363
Notes
365
Bibliography
445
Index
475
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About the author (2008)

Pekka Hämäläinen is associate professor of history, University of California, Santa Barbara. He lives in Santa Barbara.

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