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by T. R. Fehrenbach

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ISBN: 0049700014
ISBN13: 978-0049700017
Category: Politics
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Author: T. R. Fehrenbach
Language: English
Publisher: Allen & Unwin (April 1975)
Pages: 557 pages
ePUB size: 1159 kb
FB2 size: 1459 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 279
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This book requires study, but the rewards of persistence are huge. Most of us have never confronted the
history and tragedy of Native peoples..Most have no idea that for a century Comancheria or land mass
controlled by the C encompassed the bulk of Texas with large shares of adjoining and nearby territories.
Raiding places of this Buffalo and violence culture extended substantially farther..As unsurpassed fighters
on horseback, these conquerors ruled until those on the ground, not in Washington, began to find ways to
turn the tables in mid 19th century..Ultimately, white expansion, vanishing Buffalo and disease doomed the tribe..The author explores in depth why a people who produced nothing, like their enemy Apaches, who had to survive as both hunters and plunderers, with time, were fated to be overrun and die out.
From a military history angle, not emphasized by the author, but there to behold, we see decades of futile
and foolhardy policies allowing slaughter of civilians and military alike, while ignorance prevailed in D.C.
Sad parallels abound as to Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, with no end in sight..Politicians are revealed,
as now, while called leaders, have no clue as to how to rise to the basic challenges of conflict, military or
otherwise..They have no answers for the betterment of our people..Neither did the Comanches..
“Comanches: the History of a People” by T.R. Fehrenbach

The author has presented a fascinating and surprisingly objective portrait of the Comanche culture as it evolved through the last four centuries of its' rapidly changing History.
This is one of the very best such histories of Native Americans of the 9 or 10 I've read. I happened to read “The Kiowas, and the Legend of Kicking Bird” by Stan Hoig right after finishing “Comanches”. Reading the two together really shed a lot of light and coherence upon U. S. History of the 1800s – WEST of the Mississippi. That's great since most history writings focus on the early presidents and the Civil War. Guess what ! Native Americans weren't invented in 1866. Really!
Incredibly well written!!! T.R. Fehrenbach is a serious student of, as they term themselves, "People." The work is both scholarly and enlightening. "Comanches: The History of a People" is not "light reading" but is easily read. This is the kind of work that will find a place in a reader's library whether the reader is attempting to understand the history of southwestern Amerindinans or working for a graduate (or post-graduate) degree in cultural anthropology. What can I say? Fehrenbach's work is, simply put, an incredibly well written, well structured, scholarly approach to the forgotten history of an all but forgotten people.
This is a well written, balanced look at the history of the Comanches by T.J. Fehrenbach. He focuses upon the interactions of the Comanches with European-Americans. It starts out slow; in particular, the prehistory of the Comanche before their interactions with the Spaniards feels a bit nebulous (the first 150 pages). However, once Fehrenbach begins to discuss concrete historical events, the book becomes a rapid read.

When I say the book is balanced, I refer to viewing the events of European colonization from an objective perspective. He neither delights in the European actions nor attempts to apologize in hindsight. He simply explains what took place without editorializing. Fehrenbach soberly recounts the destruction of the native peoples by European settlement and conquest, disease, and the decimation of the buffalo through hunting in the 1870s. Yet he is also clear about the warlike attitudes of the Comanche, the savagery of their conduct (to fellow Native Americans as well as Europeans), and the inability of both peoples to reconcile very different cultural perspectives. He does not absolve nor excuse the Europeans, but also explores the reasons the conquest was inevitable, and helps one to understand both the perspective of settlers who were taken as captives, killed or mutilated, and how they responded with their own violence, as well as the perspective of the Native Americans who saw their way of life being ripped away.

The book has violent moments. It discusses the history as it actually happened. Fehrenbach also uses racial terms which wouldn’t be used today. They reflect a different era, and the racial attitudes of the 19th century. Fehrenbach doesn’t endorse them but doesn’t sanitize history either.

This is an excellent work, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys history, in particular, North American history.