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1st Edition

Indian Wars of Canada, Mexico and the United States, 1812-1900

ISBN 9780415224727
Published January 12, 2006 by Routledge
360 Pages

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Book Description

Drawing on anthropology and ethnohistory as well as the ‘new military history’ Indian Wars of Mexico, Canada and the United States, 1812-1900 interprets and compares the way Indians and European Americans waged wars in Canada, Mexico, the USA and Yucatán during the nineteenth century.

Fully illustrated with sixteen maps, detailing key Indian settlements and crucial battles, Bruce Vandervort rescues the New World Indian Wars from their exclusion from mainstream military history, and reveals how they are an integral part of global history.

Indian Wars of Mexico, Canada and the United States:

* provides a thorough examination of the strategies and tactics of resistance employed by Indian peoples of the USA which contrasts practices of warfare with the Métis (the French Canadian-Indian peoples), their Canadian-Indian allies, and the Yaqui and Mayan Indians of Mexico and Yucatán
* presents a comparison of the experience of Indian tribes with concurrent resistance movements against European expansion in Africa, exposing how aspects of resistance that seem unique to the New World differ from those with broader implications
* draws upon concepts used in recent rewritings of the history of imperial warfare in Africa and Asia, Vandervort also analyzes the conduct of the US Army in comparison with military practices and tactics adopted by colonialist conquests worldwide.

This unique and fascinating study is a vital contribution to the study of military history but is also a valuable addition to the understanding of colonialism and attempts to resist it.

Table of Contents

List of Maps  Preface  Introduction  1. Worlds in Motion  2. The New World in a Century of Small Wars  3. Worldviews and Fighting Faiths  4. Chiefs and Warriors  Prologue to Narrative: From Peripheral Flux to National Consolidation  5. The Great Clearance, 1815-48  6. Indian Wars in Mexico, 1821-76  7. War on the Plains, 1848-77  8. Conquest of Apacheria, 1860-86  9. War on the Canadian Prairies, 1870-85  10. Indian Wars of the Porfiriato, 1876-1900  11. The Long Shadow  Notes  Bibliography  Index

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Bruce Vandervort is Professor of Modern European and African History at the Virginia Military Institute, USA. He is editor of The Journal of Military History and author of Wars of Imperial Conquest in Africa, 1830-1914 (1998).


'The book is readable, features clear maps, and incorporates ideas from other parts of the world as well.' –  Nebraska History