Beyond the Missouri: The Story of the American West / Edition 1

Beyond the Missouri: The Story of the American West / Edition 1

by Richard W. Etulain
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826340334

ISBN-13: 9780826340337

Pub. Date: 10/28/2006

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

This new historical overview tells the dramatic story of the American West from its prehistory to the present. A narrative history, it covers the region from the North Dakota-to-Texas states to the Pacific Coast. This West has always been home to richly diverse cultural groups, including today's growing numbers of Indian, Hispanic, Asian and African

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This new historical overview tells the dramatic story of the American West from its prehistory to the present. A narrative history, it covers the region from the North Dakota-to-Texas states to the Pacific Coast. This West has always been home to richly diverse cultural groups, including today's growing numbers of Indian, Hispanic, Asian and African Americans.

Other distinctions have marked the western past: first, the differences among prehistoric peoples and among hundreds of Indian tribes at first white contact; next, the varied western subcultures that emerged in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; third the social, cultural, and political complexities of the West in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

In Beyond the Missouri, Richard Etulain provides a fresh, balanced narrative of this geographically and culturally vast area and emphasizes two themes: change and complexity. His perspective is neither the too-optimistic, homogenized position of the Turnerian school of historians nor the less optimistic, conflicted approach of the revisionist western historians.

Etulain begins his study with a discussion of western landscapes and Native inhabitants. He next examines the Spanish Southwest, colonial rivalries, mountain men, missionaries, and the Oregon Trail. Then Etulain looks at Mormons, miners, western communities, ranching and farming, and transportation networks. He treats western frontier social patterns and cultures and contributes several chapters on the modern West, including the pre-World War II and the Cold War Wests. Etulain concludes with today's continuing search for an American West. Each of the fifteen chapters contains a helpful list of suggested readings.

"Richard Etulain has done a remarkable job in this major new book. He incorporates current research into a West-centered narrative, all the while being judicious in his interpretations. Beyond the Missouri is sure to have classroom appeal, but it will also attract readers interested in an engaging and lively narrative history of the West."—Elliott West, Alumni Distinguished Professor, University of Arkansas

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826340337
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
580,373
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Western landscapes and first peoples6
Ch. 2Spain in the southwest38
Ch. 3Imperial rivalries and Colonial empires63
Ch. 4Opening the southwest92
Ch. 5Mountain men, missionaries, and the trail to Oregon121
Ch. 6Mormons, miners, and the search for western community148
Ch. 7Ranching, farming, and transportation networks179
Ch. 8Conflicts, compromises, and accommodations209
Ch. 9Frontier social patterns240
Ch. 10Culture in the frontier west273
Ch. 11Social and economic patterns, 1900 to 1940299
Ch. 12Politics and culture, 1900 to 1940329
Ch. 13The west transformed : World War II to 1960362
Ch. 14The Cold War west, 1960 to 1980391
Ch. 15In search of region : the American west, 1980 to the present421

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