Chiricahua and Janos: Communities of Violence in the Southwestern Borderlands, 1680-1880 by Lance R. BlythChiricahua and Janos: Communities of Violence in the Southwestern Borderlands, 1680-1880 by Lance R. Blyth

Chiricahua and Janos: Communities of Violence in the Southwestern Borderlands, 1680-1880

byLance R. Blyth

Paperback | June 1, 2015

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Borderlands violence, so explosive in our own time, has deep roots in history. Lance R. Blyth’s study of Chiricahua Apaches and the presidio of Janos in the U.S.-Mexican borderlands reveals how no single entity had a monopoly on coercion, and how violence became the primary means by which relations were established, maintained, or altered both within and between communities.
For more than two centuries, violence was at the center of the relationships by which Janos and Chiricahua formed their communities. Violence created families by turning boys into men through campaigns and raids, which ultimately led to marriage and also determined the provisioning and security of these families; acts of revenge and retaliation similarly governed their attempts to secure themselves even as trade and exchange continued sporadically. This revisionist work reveals how during the Spanish, Mexican, and American eras, elements of both conflict and accommodation constituted these two communities, which previous historians have often treated as separate and antagonistic. By showing not only the negative aspects of violence but also its potentially positive outcomes, Chiricahua and Janos helps us to understand violence not only in the southwestern borderlands but in borderland regions generally around the world.
Lance R. Blyth is the command historian at U.S. Northern Command and a research associate in the Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico.  
Title:Chiricahua and Janos: Communities of Violence in the Southwestern Borderlands, 1680-1880Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.9 × 5.7 × 0.74 inPublished:June 1, 2015Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803274319

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Table of Contents


List of Maps

1. Communities of Violence: Apaches and Hispanics in the Southwestern Borderlands
2. Refugees and Migrants: Making Hispanic-Apache Communities, 1680-1750
3. Fierce Dancing and the Muster Roll: Campaigns, Raids, and Wives, 1750-1785
4. A Vigilant Peace: Families, Rations, and Status, 1786-1830
5. War, Peace, War: Revenge and Retaliation, 1831-1850
6. Border Dilemmas: Security and Survival, 1850-1875
7. Communities' End: Persecution and Imprisonment, 1875-1910
Conclusion: Borderland Communities of Violence


Editorial Reviews

“The story this book has to tell will prove important and compelling. Chiricahua and Janos reflects trends in a burgeoning historiography of the Spanish-Indian borderlands, especially with its scholarly attention to Indian communities as independent political actors in larger narratives of imperial, national, and international expansion and conflict.”—Juliana Barr, author of Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands - Juliana Barr - 20111223