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The Legacy of Conquest : The Unbroken Past of the American West - Patricia Nelson Limerick

The Legacy of Conquest

The Unbroken Past of the American West

Paperback Published: 1st January 2006
ISBN: 9780393304978
Number Of Pages: 400

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The "settling" of the American West has been perceived throughout the world as a series of quaint, violent, and romantic adventures. But in fact, Patricia Nelson Limerick argues, the West has a history grounded primarily in economic reality; in hardheaded questions of profit, loss, competition, and consolidation. Here she interprets the stories and the characters in a new way: the trappers, traders, Indians, farmers, oilmen, cowboys, and sheriffs of the Old West "meant business" in more ways than one, and their descendents mean business today.

"In stripping the frontier of kitsch fantasy, Patricia Limerick has prised us away from an Ivy League model of a land of conquest and open opportunity. She offers instead the earthy, uncomfortable reality of a living west." The Guardian"

Acknowkledgmentsp. 9
Introduction Closing the Frontier and Opening Western Historyp. 17
The Conquerorsp. 33
Empire of Innocencep. 35
Property Valuesp. 55
Denial and Dependencep. 78
Uncertain Enterprisesp. 97
The Meeting Ground Of Past and Presentp. 134
The Conquerors Meet Their Matchp. 177
The Persistence of Nativesp. 179
America the Borderlandp. 222
Racialism on the Runp. 259
Mankind the Managerp. 293
The Burdens of Western American Historyp. 322
Notesp. 351
Further Readingp. 369
Indexp. 385
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ISBN: 9780393304978
ISBN-10: 0393304973
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st January 2006
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.0  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1