A Companion to Los Angeles

A Companion to Los Angeles

by William Deverell
     
 

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This Companion contains 25 original essays by writers and scholars who present an expert assessment of the best and most important work to date on the complex history of Los Angeles.

  • The first Companion providing a historical survey of Los Angeles, incorporating critical, multi-disciplinary themes and innovative scholarship
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This Companion contains 25 original essays by writers and scholars who present an expert assessment of the best and most important work to date on the complex history of Los Angeles.

  • The first Companion providing a historical survey of Los Angeles, incorporating critical, multi-disciplinary themes and innovative scholarship
  • Features essays from a range of disciplines, including history, political science, cultural studies, and geography
  • Photo essays and ‘contemporary voice’ sections combine with traditional historiographic essays to provide a multi-dimensional view of this vibrant and diverse city
  • Essays cover the key topics in the field within a thematic structure, including demography, social unrest, politics, popular culture, architecture, and urban studies

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Every Los Angeles-based history, political science, and ethnic or urban studies instructor has been waiting for this anthology. …The book’s overarching aims serve to revisit and reenvision L.A.’s early history and prehistory, uncover long-term patterns obscured by earlier episodic treatments, and influence the shaping of the city’s future.”  (Western Historical Quarterly, 2012)

"Overall, this is a fascinating fractured account of various time periods, events, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and urban sprawl in a city that has become synonymous with the American Dream." (Philosophy & Religion, November 2010)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444390957
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/23/2010
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
536
File size:
6 MB

What People are saying about this

"In times past, books of this sort presented accepted interpretations arranged according to the alphabet. A Companion to Los Angeles, by contrast, presents cutting edge interpretations, systematically developed by leading scholars in the field. This valuable resource is not just a book about history. It is history itself, hence a significant step forward in the journey to identity by the City of Angels."
Kevin Starr, University of Southern California

From the Publisher
"In times past, books of this sort presented accepted interpretations arranged according to the alphabet. A Companion to Los Angeles, by contrast, presents cutting edge interpretations, systematically developed by leading scholars in the field. This valuable resource is not just a book about history. It is history itself, hence a significant step forward in the journey to identity by the City of Angels."
Kevin Starr, University of Southern California

Meet the Author

William Deverell is Professor of History at the University of Southern California and Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. Recent publications include A Companion to California History (with David Igler, 2008), Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of Its Mexican Past (2004), and A Companion to the American West (2004). He has also co-editor of Land of Sunshine: An Environmental History of Metropolitan Los Angeles (with Greg Hise, 2005) and Metropolis in the Making: Los Angeles in the 1920s (with Tom Sitton, 2001).

Greg Hise is Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He studies the economies, architecture, and planning of American cities. Hise is the author of Magnetic Los Angeles: Planning the Twentieth-Century Metropolis (1997), co-author of Eden by Design: The 1930 Olmsted-Bartholomew Plan for the Los Angeles Region (2000), and co-editor of Land of Sunshine: An Environmental History of Metropolitan Los Angeles (2005), and Rethinking Los Angeles (1996).

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