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Prehistoric Warfare in the American Southwest


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Steven A. LeBlanc is a research associate of the Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angelas.


"Absolutely essential on the bookshelf of any scholar of the prehistoric or historic Southwest. It promises to spark and focus debate on the formation of basic patterns in the culture history of the greater Southwest."--The Journal of Arizona History

"Successfully articulates why warfare needs to be systematically incorporated into models of prehistoric southwestern behavior. LeBlanc clearly presents a case for wafare that all scholars must address."--New Mexico Book Reviews

"There has been a wave of books by various authors that challenge the long-standing suppositions of anthropologists and archaeologists. One of these for Western history is Steven A. LeBlanc's groundbreaking work on the not-to-be-overlooked evidence all over the Southwest of continuous warfare for limited resources."--Journal of the West

"This book should stimulate a long-overdue debate about the role of warfare in the prehistoric Southwest....Nothing half as comprehensive has been published on the subject."--Richard Woodbury

"This is not a book for the faint of heart. But, in building his case for both endemic warfare and specific periods of lessened and heightened polity-based hostilities in the Southwest, LeBlanc raises a host of critical and deeply interesting questions regarding the nature of warfare in prehistorical societies in general and the Southwest in particular."--American Antiquity

"Unique for its general synthesis of Southwestern prehistory. LeBlanc's book has much to offer scholars and the interested public, and it will certainly be a defining work on warfare in this part of the world."--Science

"Will be required reading for everyone concerned with the precontact Southwest or with the pre-Industrial Age human condition."--Patty Jo Watson

"Will put to rest any reasonable doubts that may persist about the presence and importance of warfare in the archaeological history of this region. [Le Blanc] has taken the analysis of warfare in the Southwest to an entirely new level."--Journal of Field Archaeology

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