The American West: A Concise History / Edition 1

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Tracing events from the pre-history to the present day, this book offers a concise and accessible history of the American West.

  • Explores the complex interactions between and among cultures in the American West
  • Chronologically organized and informed by the latest scholarship
  • Grounded in attention to race, class, gender, and the environment, the text focuses on social, economic, and political forces that shaped the lived experiences of diverse westerners and influenced the patterns of western history.
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Editorial Reviews

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“With fresh insights and lively writing, this brief volumeaddresses major themes of culture, environment, politics, violence,and popular myth-making that shaped the American West from earliesttimes to the present day. By focusing on the West’s diversepeoples, women and men, Butler and Lansing underscore thefascinating complexity of this vast region that remains vital foran understanding of the United States and its history.”Clyde A. Milner, Arkansas State University

“With admirable clarity, the authors analyze theWest’s diverse regions, meanings, and populations across manycenturies. This is a fine, insightful book.” WilliamDeverell, University of Southern California

“A wonderfully readable, thematically sophisticated surveyof western history that draws heavily on the voluminous recentscholarship on the West to illuminate developments in race andgender relations, labor, the environment, economics and politics,and the region’s central place in the nationalimagination.” David Wrobel, University of Nevada, LasVegas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631210863
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Series: Problems in American History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 471,515
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne M. Butler is Trustee Professor, Emeritus, at Utah StateUniversity and a past editor of the Western HistoricalQuarterly. Author of numerous articles and books, includingDaughters of Joy, Sisters of Misery: Prostitutes in the AmericanWest (1985), she has published extensively on matters of race,class, and gender in western history.

Michael J. Lansing is Assistant Professor of History atAugsburg College. His essays have appeared in the WesternHistorical Quarterly, Utah Historical Quarterly,Journal of Historical Geography, and Ethics, Place, andEnvironment. He serves on the editorial board of the Universityof Arizona Press monograph series “Western Women’sVoices.”

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Table of Contents


1. First Wests, Many Wests.

2. Inside Native Wests.

3. Enforcing an American West.

4. Imperial Wests.

5. A Diverse, Urban, and Federal West.

6. Mythic West and Modern West.

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