The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West (Paperback)

The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West By Patricia Nelson Limerick, Ph.D. Cover Image

The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West (Paperback)

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"Limerick is one of the most engaging historians writing today." --Richard White


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.
Patricia Nelson Limerick is a professor of history and chair of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Product Details ISBN: 9780393304978
ISBN-10: 0393304973
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: January 17th, 2006
Pages: 400
Language: English