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War of a thousand deserts : Indian raids and the U.S.-Mexican War

Author: Brian DeLay
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press ; [Dallas, TX] : Published in association with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, ©2008.
Series: Lamar series in western history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Exploring Mexican, American, and Indian sources ranging from diplomatic correspondence and congressional debates to captivity narratives and plains Indians' pictorial calendars, War of a Thousand Deserts recovers the surprising and previously unrecognized ways in which economic, cultural, and political developments within native communities affected nineteenth-century nation-states. In the process this ambitious  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brian DeLay
ISBN: 9780300119329 0300119321 9780300158373 0300158378
OCLC Number: 214934479
Description: xxi, 473 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: A little door --
Prologue: Easy stories --
PART 1. NEIGHBORS: 1. Danger and community ; 2. Buffalo-hide quiver ; 3. Plunder and partners ; 4. The politics of vengeance --
PART 2. NATIONS: 5. Indians don't unmake Presidents ; 6. Barbarians and dearer enemies ; 7. An eminently National War? ; 8. How to make a desert smile --
PART 3. CONVERGENCE: 9. A trophy of a new kind in war : 10. Polk's blessing --
Epilogue: Article 11.
Series Title: Lamar series in western history.
Responsibility: Brian DeLay.
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In the early 1830s, after decades of relative peace, northern Mexicans and the Indians whom they called 'the barbarians' descended into a terrifying cycle of violence. This book offers a narrative of  Read more...

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