Conquests and Consequences

Conquests and Consequences

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  • Published: August 18, 2009
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Page count: 475
  • ISBN: 0882952706

Conquests and Consequences

Conquests and Consequences introduces students to the history of the American West by examining key questions about the identity of the region.

  • Discusses how diverse societies and empires have shaped and reshaped the American West over the centuries
  • Looks at the points at which the West has functioned as a colony, and its transition to functioning as a region
  • Examines how the concept of frontier functions in the West
  • Illustrated with numerous maps, images, and photographs, in partnership with the Buffalo Bill Historical Center


“The new interpretation makes the twentieth century in all its multicultural and ecological elements a part of Western history rather than an afterthought once the frontier closes. . . .  Conquests & Consequences is well-written and holds a reader’s interest even as the narrative races across the centuries.” –Journal of the West

“Higham and Katerberg invite students to consider history’s relevance to their lives as global citizens and to examine what hope they have for the future. Whether or not they agree that in the West change is ‘the only thing we can be sure of,’ readers of Conquests & Consequences  will enjoy and learn from this provocative textbook.” – Great Plains Quarterly



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