The Encyclopedia of North American Indian Wars, 1607–1890
A Political, Social, and Military History
by Spencer C. Tucker, Editor
September 2011, 1318pp, 8 1/2x11
3 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-85109-697-8
$341, £253, 285€, A488
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From the Jamestown Massacre through the French and Indian Wars, the Battle of Tippecanoe, Custer’s Last Stand, and Wounded Knee, violence between Native Americans, European colonial powers, and U.S. troops erupted across the North American continent. These stories and more provide compelling coverage of a conflict that spanned almost 300 years.

This encyclopedia provides a broad, in-depth, and multidisciplinary look at the causes and effects of warfare between whites and Native Americans, encompassing nearly three centuries of history.

The Battle of the Wabash: the U.S. Army’s single worst defeat at the hands of Native American forces. The Battle of Wounded Knee: an unfortunate, unplanned event that resulted in the deaths of more than 150 Lakota Sioux men, women, and children. These and other engagements between white settlers and Native Americans were events of profound historical significance, resulting in social, political, and cultural changes for both ethnic populations, the lasting effects of which are clearly seen today. The Encyclopedia of North American Indian Wars, 1607–1890: A Political, Social, and Military History provides comprehensive coverage of almost 300 years of North American Indian Wars.

Beginning with the first Indian-settler conflicts that arose in the early 1600s, this three-volume work covers all noteworthy battles between whites and Native Americans through the Battle of Wounded Knee in December 1890. The book provides detailed biographies of military, social, religious, and political leaders and covers the social and cultural aspects of the Indian wars. Also supplied are essays on every major tribe, as well as all significant battles, skirmishes, and treaties.


  • Entries written by over 50 leading scholars in the field
  • 25 charts
  • 26 maps
  • A glossary of terms
Spencer C. Tucker, PhD, held the John Biggs Chair of Military History at his alma mater, the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, for six years until his retirement from teaching in 2003. Before that, he was professor of history for 30 years at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. He has also been a Fulbright Scholar and, as a U.S. Army captain, an intelligence analyst at the Pentagon. Currently the senior fellow of military history at ABC-CLIO, he has written or edited 39 books, including ABC-CLIO's award-winning Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, A Global Chronology of Conflict, and Encyclopedia of the Middle East Wars.


"The Encyclopedia of North American Indian Wars is informed, informative, superbly organized, splendidly presented, thoroughly 'reader friendly', and a very high value addition to both community and academic library Native American Studies reference collections."—Midwest Book Review, November 1, 2011

"This well-thought-out, well-organized, and visually appealing encyclopedia contains a wealth of information useful to high school and college researchers, as well as the general public. It provides much-needed coverage of North American Indian wars."—Library Journal, December 1, 2011

"This gem of a reference tool is the latest volume in ABC-CLIO's ongoing encyclopedia series on the military history of the United States. . . . This valuable work is appropriate for all libraries supporting programs in American history. Summing Up: Highly recommended."—Choice, February 1, 2012

"This comprehensive, gracefully written three-volume encyclopedia features articles covering all aspects of the North American Indian Wars, from 1607 to 1890, focusing on campaigns, significant persons (both Native American and European American), tribes, and legislation. . . . An excellent, comprehensive source on the topic, this is a sound purchase for college and university libraries"—Booklist, February 15, 2012
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