American Indian Wars
The Essential Reference Guide
by Justin D. Murphy, Editor
January 2022, 326pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7509-0
$97, £72, 84€, A132
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King Philip’s War was the deadliest war in American history in terms of numbers of casualties per capita, and the tribes of southern New England never recovered.

Providing an indispensable overview of the American Indian Wars, this book focuses on Native American tribes and warriors and their varying responses to the onslaught of European colonists and American settlers in the centuries following contact.

This work provides an overview of the Indian Wars from the arrival of Europeans until 1890. The work focuses primarily on Native American tribes and warriors and their role in battles and campaigns against other Native Americans and Europeans/Americans, while also including key European/American leaders and soldiers as well as treaties between Native Americans and Europeans/Americans. The introduction provides a broad overview of the Indian Wars and also considers whether the Indian Wars should be considered genocide. The bibliography focuses on the most important works published on the Indian Wars. Each entry also includes a list of references for readers to consult. The work also includes a collection of primary source documents that span the entire time period.


  • Provides readers with a broad overview of American Indian Wars, focusing on Native American perspectives
  • Examines the uniqueness of Native American tribes involved in the American Indian Wars, emphasizing the complexity of tribal politics and the impact of tribal rivalries upon conflicts among Native Americans and between Native Americans and Europeans/Americans
  • Considers whether the Indian Wars constituted genocide
  • Provides a detailed chronology that will help readers place the important events that occurred during the nearly 300 years of conflict
Justin D. Murphy is dean of the school of arts and sciences and professor of history at Oakland City University. Murphy is the author of Military Aircraft, Origins to 1918: An Illustrated History of Their Impact; coauthor of Military Aircraft, 1919–1945: An Illustrated History of Their Impact; and editor of American Civil War: Interpreting Conflict through Primary Documents. He has served on the Military History Advisory Board for ABC-CLIO and as an assistant editor of numerous encyclopedias on military history. He earned his PhD in modern European history and MA in American history from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.
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