The Comanche Empire

The Comanche Empire Review

A groundbreaking history of the rise and decline of the vast and imposing Comanche empire

In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, a Native American empire rose to dominate the fiercely contested lands of the American Southwest, the southern Great Plains, and northern Mexico. This powerful empire, built by the Comanche Indians, eclipsed its various European rivals in military prowess, political prestige, economic power, commercial reach, and cultural influence. Yet, until now, the Comanche empire has gone unrecognized in American history.

This compelling and original book uncovers the lost story of the Comanches. It is a story that challenges the idea of indigenous peoples as victims of European expansion and offers a new model for the history of colonial expansion, colonial frontiers, and Native-European relations in North America and elsewhere. Pekka Hämäläinen shows in vivid detail how the Comanches built their unique empire and resisted European colonization, and why they fell to defeat in 1875. With extensive knowledge and deep insight, the author brings into clear relief the Comanches’ remarkable impact on the trajectory of history.

Published in Association with The William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University.

Title:The Comanche Empire
Edition Language:English

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  • Terence

    When I was growing up in eastern Missouri it was de rigueur that the man-children of the clan become Boy Scouts. Thus, despite little aptitude or interest, I was duly enrolled in the Cub Scouts and sp...

  • Rob

    Wow. Really wow. A truly great work of history. This book has everything. It is a compelling story, a mind bendingly different view of commonly accepted fact and a very well researched uber serious hi...

  • Craig Werner

    Okay, I'll get this out of my system first: skip chapter 6. There, that's better.It's not often that I read a book that fundamentally changes my sense of a major part of American history, especially n...

  • Richard

    This is described as part of the Lamar Series in Western History, which includes scholarly works of interest to the general reader for the purpose of understanding human affairs in the American West a...

  • Ernest Spoon

    A straight, no chaser, ethno-history book on the rise and fall of what author Pekka Hamalainen accurately call the Comanche Empire of the mid-18th to mid-19th centuries on the southern plains region o...

  • Fredrick Danysh

    This work challenges the image of Native Americans as victims. It focuses on warfare and migration of the Native Americans and mainly relates to the Comanche people. A new perspective on American hist...

  • Corinne

    For a non-fiction book, I was surprised how I couldn't put it down at some points. It isn't just packing information into a book, it tells the story of the Comanches. I thought it had a great balance ...

  • Fredrick Danysh

    A history of the Comanche Indians that follow their conquest of the Apache for control of the southern plains to their eventual demise as a major power by the United States government. Many individual...

  • Michael

    If I could give 6 stars, I would. This is one of those rare books that forces me to discipline myself. It was so good that I was on pace to finish it in a couple of days, but I intentionally slowed do...

  • Lucy Inglis

    If you have any interest in the history of America (South West, admittedly, but still), or the American Indians and their culture, this is essential reading. I loved it. Serious without being dry, and...