The Mexican–American War

A Historiographical Overview

Authored by: Thomas W. Spahr

The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415533805
eBook ISBN: 9781315817347
Adobe ISBN: 9781317813354


 Download Chapter



So often presented as little more than a minor conflict that was a prelude to the U.S. Civil War, the historiography of the Mexican–American War is relatively underdeveloped in the 166 years since the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Yet this overlooked war is as rich with complexities for historians to wrangle with as any other conflict in history. The U.S.’s first endeavor into a foreign conquest, it involved conventional warfare, guerrilla resistance, atrocity, desertion, and an anti-war element. Its results were as great as any war the U.S. has engaged in, doubling the nation’s land mass and bringing valuable minerals that would help enrich the young country.

Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.