The Comanches


The Comanches

A History, 1706-1875

Thomas W. Kavanagh

Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians Series

588 pages
Illus., maps


August 1999


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About the Book

This is the first in-depth historical study of Comanche social and political groups. Using the ethnohistorical method, Thomas W. Kavanagh traces the changes and continuities in Comanche politics from their earliest interactions with Europeans to their settlement on a reservation in present-day Oklahoma.

Author Bio

Thomas W. Kavanagh is curator of collections at the William Hammond Mathers Museum at Indiana University.


“A historical encyclopedia of Comanche diplomacy. . . . No student of Southwest Native American history should overlook this book.”—Southwestern Historical Quarterly

“Soundly researched and solidly documented, this book includes painstaking analysis and comparisons of the sources. . . . Of interest to students of southwestern as well as Comanche history.”—Choice

“A stunning scholarly achievement. . . . This is a book that belongs on any Western historian’s or writer’s shelf.”—Southwestern American Literature

“This is a persuasive and comprehensive work, impressive in its detail and scope. . . . [It is] not likely to be superseded any time soon.”—Journal of the West

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