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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806133614
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Theodore Binnema, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Northern British Columbia, lives in Prince George, British Columbia.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
Introduction: Beyond Culturalism: Communities in Contact 3
1 "A Good Country" 17
2 The Annual Cycle of Bison and Hunters 37
3 Trade, Warfare, and Diplomacy from A.D. 200 to the Eve of the Equestrian Era 55
4 Migrants from Every Direction: Communities of the Northwestern Plains to 1750 72
5 The Horse and Gun Revolution, 1700-1770 86
6 The Right Hand of Death, 1766-82 107
7 "Many Broils and Animosities," 1782-95 129
8 The Apogee of the Northern Coalition, 1794-1806 161
Epilogue 195
Conclusion 198
Notes 201
Bibliography 231
Index 253
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