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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 94, July 1990 - April, 1991

Book Reviews

The present volume is a revision of the author's In Search of a Home:
The Wends (Sorbs) on the Australian and Texas Frontzer (Birmingham Uni-
versity, 1977). The two main chapters of the book treat the nineteenth-
century Sorbian (Wendish) immigrations from Germany to Australia
and Texas; other chapters deal with such topics as the Sorbs' European
background and minor immigrations to other areas.
Chapter 3 ("The Texas Wends") will be of interest to social scientists
specializing in the ethnic groups of Texas and the Southwest. Because
of the smaller numbers involved, the nineteenth-century Sorbian im-
migrations to Texas have not received the attention from the scholarly
community that other groups have. Nielsen's book will help remedy
this defect.
One of the many contributions that Nielsen makes in the book is to
demonstrate the complexity of the motives impelling a group of people
to immigrate to another land. Whether the issue is nineteenth-century
immigration or, say, current immigration from East to West Germany,
it is always tempting to ascribe to a group a simplistic motive like "free-
dom." (I recall with amusement how one of my history professors at the
University of Texas at Austin, in discussing the opening up of the west-
ern United States, explained that some people "went west" on the ad-
vice of their lawyer.)
Nielsen has carefully researched a complex topic, and his book will
aid in filling in the mosaic of American and Australian immigration.
The Texas A&M University Press is to be commended for making this
revision available and for presenting the material in an attractive
Austin Community College CHARLES WUKASCH
Apaches at War & Peace: The Janos Preszdio, 1750-1858. By William B.
Griffen. (Albuquerque: Univeristy of New Mexico Press, 1989.
Pp. xiii+300. Preface, acknowledgments, maps, notes, appendices,
bibliography, index. $35.)
Utmost Good Faith: Patterns of Apache-Mexzcan Hostilitzes zn Northern Chi-
huahua Border Warfare, 1821-1848. By William B. Griffen. (Albu-
querque: University of New Mexico Press, 1989. Pp. xii+337, Pref-
ace, maps, notes, tables, appendices, bibliography, index. $37.50.)
In these two volumes William Griffen provides a microcosmic look at
Spanish- and Mexican-Apache relations in northern Mexico, southern
New Mexico, and West Texas between 1750 and 1850. Griffen draws
much of his information from the little-used documents of northern
Chihuahua's Janos Presidio. The pattern that emerges from all the de-
tails in Apaches at War and Peace is one of growing peace (although raid-


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