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Under an Open Sky : Rethinking America's Western Past - William Cronon

Under an Open Sky

Rethinking America's Western Past

By: William Cronon (Editor), George Miles (Editor), Jay Gitlin (Editor)

Paperback Published: 17th August 1993
ISBN: 9780393310634
Number Of Pages: 368

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The history of the American West is being transformed by exciting new ideas, new questions, new scholarship. For many years this field was dominated by popular images of the lone cowboy and the savage Indian, and by Frederick Jackson Turner's concept of the frontier as a steadily advancing source of democracy and social renewal. But now historians and even the merchants of popular culture are reshaping our views of the frontier and the West by taking up a rich array of new subjects, including the stories of diverse peoples as well as the history of the land itself. A new generation of scholars is reformulating the broader questions also: what was the significance of the frontier in American history? what are the bases of western identity? what themes connect the twentieth-century West to its more distant past? The transformation of western history continues to be an open-ended, turbulent process. The original essays in this volume are reports from the frontier of change. In their diverging assumptions and conclusions, they reflect the vitality of this field. They succeed when they make the case for new questions and suggest possible answers. They advocate no single agenda. But taken together they well represent the passion and high craft with which scholars are creating a new western history.

Becoming West: Toward a New Meaning for Western Historyp. 3
Kennecott Journey: The Paths out of Townp. 28
To Hear an Old Voice: Rediscovering Native Americans in American Historyp. 52
On the Boundaries of Empire: Connecting the West to Its Imperial Pastp. 71
Americans, Mexicans, Metis: A Community Approach to the Comparative Study of North American Frontiersp. 90
Landscape of Enclaves: Race Relations in the West, 1865-1990p. 110
Engendering the Westp. 132
Religion in the American Westp. 145
Making the Most of Words: Verbal Activity and Western Americap. 167
Views and Reviews: Western Art and Western Historyp. 185
The View from Wisdom: Four Layers of History and Regional Identityp. 203
History for the Masses: Commercializing the Western Pastp. 223
Is There a Twentieth-Century West?p. 239
Westering in the Twenty-first Century: Speculations on the Future of the Western Pastp. 257
Notesp. 275
Contributorsp. 343
Indexp. 345
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ISBN: 9780393310634
ISBN-10: 0393310639
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 17th August 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.72 x 14.05  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.47

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