Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter-Day Saints, 1830-1900

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Overview

Leonard Arrington, who died in 1999, is considered by most, if not all, serious scholars of Mormon and western history as the single most important figure to write on LDS history. Great Basin Kingdom is perhaps his greatest work.

A classic in Mormon studies and western history, Great Basin Kingdom offers insights into the "underdeveloped" American economy, a comprehensive treatment of one of the few native American religious movements, and detailed, exciting stories from little-known phases of Mormon and American history.

This edition includes thirty new pictures and an introduction by Ronald W. Walker that provides a brief biography of Arrington, as well as the history of the work, its place in Mormon and western historiography, and its lasting impact.

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"A masterful account of the politics and practices that enabled Mormons to settle in the hostile environment of the Great Basin."--The Christian Century
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252072833
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to Reprint Edition
Preface to First Edition
Pt. 1 Design of the Kingdom 1830-1846
I Early Economic Experiences of the Latter-day Saints 3
Pt. 2 Building the Kingdom 1847-1868
II A New World 39
III The Harvest of '49 64
IV Organization for Growth and Development 96
V Ways and Means 131
VI Mobilization, 1856-1858 161
VII A Decade of Planning for Self-Sufficiency and Growth 195
Pt. 3 The Kingdom Threatened 1869-1884
VIII Year of Decision: 1869 235
IX Mormon Railroads 257
X The Cooperative Movement 293
XI The United Order of Enoch 323
Pt. 4 Kingdom in Retreat 1885-1900
XII The Raid 353
XIII Aftermath 380
Bibliography 415
Manuscript Collections 415
General Works on Utah and the West 416
General Works on the Mormons 419
Notes and References 421
Index 517
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