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The American West. Visions and Revisions
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  • 5 maps 4 tables
  • Page extent: 180 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.38 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 978
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: F591 .W258 2005
  • LC Subject headings:
    • West (U.S.)--History
    • West (U.S.)--Economic conditions
    • West (U.S.)--Social conditions

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521593335 | ISBN-10: 0521593336)

This is a succinct survey of the numerous contributions to the history of the American west. In the past twenty-five years historians have created a 'New Western History', which has aimed to rewrite the 'Old Western History' created around the famous Turner thesis on the significance of the American Frontier. Focusing on five main themes, this study examines and discusses the dynamics and progress of recent scholarship. Consideration is given to issues of land use, the environment, race, ethnicity, gender, business and the development of communities. Synthesising prolific research, the book offers a clear and up-to-date review for all students of American history. A full bibliography is provided for more extended study.

• An accessible guide to new approaches to the history of the American frontier • Covers the social, cultural and economic life of settlers in the west • An essential resource for students of American history


1. The Frontier and the West: realities, myths and the historians; 2. Lands and landscapes: occupation and ownership; 3. Peoples and migrations; 4. Making a living: early settlements and farming; 5. Making a living: non farming occupations; 6. Western communities; 7. Epilogue.

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