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California: A History

California: A History

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by Kevin Starr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0679642404

ISBN-13: 9780679642404

Pub. Date: 10/11/2005

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

From the age of exploration to the age of Arnold, the Golden State's premier historian distills the entire sweep of California's history into one splendid volume. Kevin Starr covers it all: Spain's conquest of the native peoples of California in the early sixteenth century and the chain of missions that helped that country exert control over the upper part of the

Overview

From the age of exploration to the age of Arnold, the Golden State's premier historian distills the entire sweep of California's history into one splendid volume. Kevin Starr covers it all: Spain's conquest of the native peoples of California in the early sixteenth century and the chain of missions that helped that country exert control over the upper part of the territory; the discovery of gold in January 1848; the incredible wealth of the Big Four railroad tycoons; the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906; the emergence of Hollywood as the world's entertainment capital and of Silicon Valley as the center of high-tech research and development; the role of labor, both organized and migrant, in key industries from agriculture to aerospace. In a rapid-fire epic of discovery, innovation, catastrophe, and triumph, Starr gathers together everything that is most important, most fascinating, and most revealing about our greatest state.

About the Author:
Kevin Starr is University Professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679642404
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/11/2005
Series:
Modern Library Chronicles Series
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.46(h) x 1.15(d)

Table of Contents


Map: The Counties of California     vi
Preface: A Nation-State     ix
Chronology     xv
Queen Calafia's Island: Place and First People     3
Laws of the Indies: The Spanish Colonial Era     17
A Troubled Territory: Mexican California     43
Striking It Rich: The Establishment of an American State     71
Regulation, Railroad, and Revolution: Achievement and Turmoil in the New State     101
The Higher Provincialism: American Life in an Emergent Region     131
Great Expectations: Creating the Infrastructure of a Mega-State     165
Making It Happen: Labor Through the Great Depression and Beyond     191
War and Peace: Garrison State and Suburban Growth     217
O Brave New World! Seeking Utopia Through Science and Technology     245
An Imagined Place: Art and Life on the Coast of Dreams     271
Ecumenopolis: Forging a World Society     303
Arnold! Stewardship or Squandered Legacy?     321
Acknowledgments     345
Recommended Readings     347
Index     357

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