Conquests and Consequences: The American West from Frontier to Region / Edition 3

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Conquests and Consequences introduces students to thehistory of the American West by examining key questions about theidentity of the region.

  • Discusses how diverse societies and empires have shaped andreshaped the American West over the centuries
  • Looks at the points at which the West has functioned as acolony, and its transition to functioning as a region
  • Examines how the concept of frontier functions in the West
  • Illustrated with numerous maps, images, andphotographs, in partnership with the Buffalo Bill HistoricalCenter
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“The new interpretation makes the twentieth century in allits multicultural and ecological elements a part of Western historyrather than an afterthought once the fronter closes. . . . Conquests & Consequences is well-written and holds areader’s interest even as the narrative races across thecenturies.” –Journal of the West

“Higham and Katerberg invite students to considerhistory’s relevance to their lives as global citizens and toexamine what hope they have for the future. Whether or not theyagree that in the West change is ‘the only thing we can besure of,’ readers of Conquests &Consequences  will enjoy and learn from thisprovocative textbook.” – Great Plains Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882952703
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/18/2009
  • Series: General American History Series
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 475
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol L. Higham is an independent scholar who has taughtat Winona State University, Texas A&M University, DavidsonCollege, and theUniversity of North Carolina - Charlotte. Her firstbook, Noble, Wretched and Redeemable, examined missionaryattitudes toward Indians in the Canadian and U.S. Wests. She thenedited two comparative textbooks, One West, Two Myths.Currently, she is writing a book on myths about Indians ascannibals in Western North America.

William H. Katerberg is an associate professor of historyand director of the Dirk and JoAnn Mellema Program in WesternAmerican Studies at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.His research focuses on national identity, religion, popularculture, and the West in North America. His published work includesModernity and the Dilemma of North American Anglican Identities,1880-1950 (2001); The Future of Hope: Christian Traditionamid Modernity and Postmodernity, coedited with Miroslav Volf(2004); Future West: Utopia and Apocalypse in Frontier ScienceFiction (2008); and essays on the history and culture of theNorth American West in Western American Literature  andThe American Review of Canadian Studies. He is currentlyworking on projects on political extremism in the United Statessince World War II and on violence and power in the North AmericanWest.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introductions

Chapter 2: The First West: Native Peoples

Chapter 3: West is North: The Spanish Empire

Chapter 4: West is South: The French Empire

Chapter 5: The English Empire: Turner's First War

Chapter 6: Growing Pains

Chapter 7: Putting Down Roots

Chapter 8: This Land is Our Land?

Chapter 9: Last Frontiers

CHapter 10: The "Progressive" Era

Chapter 11: From Boom to Bust

Chapter 12: Depression to Cold War

Chapter 13: The Metropolitan West to the 1980s

Chapter 14: From the Eighties to the new Millennium

Chapter 15: Into the Future and Back to the Past

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