The Oxford History of the American West

Edited by Clyde A. Milner II, Carol A. O'Connor and Martha A. Sandweiss
(Oxford University Press, 1994)

The Oxford History of the American West

This lavishly illustrated volume brings together the work of 28 leading western historians who explore the region from a wide variety of perspectives. They provide insightful portraits of the West as a distinctive place of many peoples — native and non-native, European and Asian, African and Latino — and of many terrains — from the timbered Pacific Northwest to the Dakota Badlands, and from the fires of Kilauea to the ice cliffs of Glacier Bay, Alaska. Drawing on the most recent scholarship, the authors offer fresh insight into many longstanding controversies of western history, and provide extensive annotated bibliographies for those wishing to pursue further research.


Western Heritage Award, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1994; New York Public Library, Outstanding Reference Book, 1994; Caughey Western History Association Award, Western History Association, for the year's outstanding book in western history, 1995.

Selected reviews:

"The American West is a big, unruly subject, but this book manages to rope, flank, and tie it with amazing grace. Among compendiums of frontier Amreicana, The Oxford History of the American West just may be the daddy of 'em all."

—Jane and Michael Stern,
authors of Way Out West

"It is truly staggering — a fresh, innovative, and dramatically comprehensive survey of the past and present American West."

—Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.,
author of The Civil War in the American West