Common and Contested Ground: A Human Environmental History of the Northwestern Plains

Common and Contested Ground: A Human Environmental History of the Northwestern Plains

by Theodore Binnema
     
 

ISBN-10: 0806133619

ISBN-13: 9780806133614

Pub. Date: 01/01/2002

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

In Common and Contested Ground, Theodore Binnema provides a sweeping and innovative interpretation of the history of the northwestern plains and its peoples from prehistoric times to the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

The real history of the northwestern plains between a.d. 200 and 1806 was far more complex, nuanced, and paradoxical than often imagined. Drawn by

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In Common and Contested Ground, Theodore Binnema provides a sweeping and innovative interpretation of the history of the northwestern plains and its peoples from prehistoric times to the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

The real history of the northwestern plains between a.d. 200 and 1806 was far more complex, nuanced, and paradoxical than often imagined. Drawn by vast herds of buffalo and abundant resources, bands of Indians, fur traders, and settlers moved across the northwestern plains establishing intricate patterns of trade, diplomacy, and warfare. In the process, the northwestern plains became a common and contested ground.

Drawing on a wide range of sources, Binnema examines the impact of technology on the peoples of the northern plains, beginning with the bow-and-arrow and continuing through the arrival of the horse, European weapons, Old World diseases, and Euroamerican traders.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806133614
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Beyond Culturalism: Communities in Contact3
1"A Good Country"17
2The Annual Cycle of Bison and Hunters37
3Trade, Warfare, and Diplomacy from A.D. 200 to the Eve of the Equestrian Era55
4Migrants from Every Direction: Communities of the Northwestern Plains to 175072
5The Horse and Gun Revolution, 1700-177086
6The Right Hand of Death, 1766-82107
7"Many Broils and Animosities," 1782-95129
8The Apogee of the Northern Coalition, 1794-1806161
Epilogue195
Conclusion198
Notes201
Bibliography231
Index253

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