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ISBN: PB: 9780300255256

ISBN: HB: 9780300215953

Yale University Press

November 2020

544 pp.

23.5x15.6 cm

54 black&white illus.



Lakota America

A New History of Indigenous Power

This first complete account of the Lakota Indians traces their rich and often surprising history from the early sixteenth to the early twenty?first century. Pekka Hنmنlنinen explores the Lakotas' roots as marginal hunter?gatherers and reveals how they reinvented themselves twice: first as a river people who dominated the Missouri Valley, America's great commercial artery, and then – in what was America's first sweeping westward expansion – as a horse people who ruled supreme on the vast high plains.

The Lakotas are imprinted in American historical memory. Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, and Sitting Bull are iconic figures in the American imagination, but in this groundbreaking book they emerge as something different: the architects of Lakota America, an expansive and enduring Indigenous regime that commanded human fates in the North American interior for generations. Hنmنlنinen's deeply researched and engagingly written history places the Lakotas at the center of American history, and the results are revelatory.

About the Author

Pekka Hamalainen is the Rhodes Professor of American History and Fellow of St. Catherine's College at Oxford University. He has served as the principal investigator of a five-year project on nomadic empires in world history, funded by the European Research Council. His previous book, "The Comanche Empire", won the Bancroft Prize in 2009.