The Dust Rose Like Smoke

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 1996-01-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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In 1876 Sioux and Cheyenne warriors annihilated Custer's Seventh Cavalry on the Little Bighorn. Three years later and half a world away, a British force was wiped out by Zulu warriors at Isandhlwana in South Africa. In both cases the total defeat of regular army troops by forces regarded as undisciplined barbarian tribesmen stunned an imperial nation. The similarities between the two frontier encounters have long been noted, but James O. Gump is the first to scrutinize them in a comparative context. "This study issues a challenge to American exceptionalism," he writes. Viewing both episodes as part of a global pattern of intensified conflict in the latter 1800s resulting from Western domination over a vast portion of the globe, he persuasively traces the comparisons in their origins and aftermath.

Author Biography

James O. Gump, professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of San Diego, is the author of The Formation of the Zulu Kingdom in South Africa, 1750–1840.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1(6)
The Little Bighorn in Comparative Perspective
Frontiers of Expansion
Indigenous Empires
Collaborators of a Kind
Agents of Empire
Patterns of Imperial Overrule
Images of Empire
Conclusion 135(6)
Notes 141(20)
Bibliography 161(12)
Index 173

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