Common and Contested Ground
A Human and Environmental History of the Northwestern Plains
$19.95 Paperback
$29.95 Hardcover

Clio Award, Prairies Region, Canadian Historical Association

In Common and Contested Ground, Theodore Binnema provides a sweeping and innovative interpretation of the history of the northwestern plains and its peoples from prehistoric times to the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

The real history of the northwestern plains between a.d. 200 and 1806 was far more complex, nuanced, and paradoxical than often imagined. Drawn by vast herds of buffalo and abundant resources, bands of Indians, fur traders, and settlers moved across the northwestern plains establishing intricate patterns of trade, diplomacy, and warfare. In the process, the northwestern plains became a common and contested ground.

Drawing on a wide range of sources, Binnema examines the impact of technology on the peoples of the northern plains, beginning with the bow-and-arrow and continuing through the arrival of the horse, European weapons, Old World diseases, and Euroamerican traders.


About The Author

Theodore Binnema, Professor of History and Department Chair at the University of Northern British Columbia, is the author of "Enlightenment Zeal”: The Hudson's Bay Company and Scientific Networks, 1670–1870.

Book Information
11 b&w, 15 maps
282 Pages
Paperback 978-0-8061-6469-4
Hardcover 978-0-8061-3361-4
Published December 2019
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