Great Columbia Plain: A Historical Geography, 1805-1910

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Dismissed in early years as a wasteland, the rolling open country that covers the interior parts of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho is today one of the richest farmlands in the nation. This work is the story of its transformation. Meinig traces all of the aspects of its development by combining geographic description with historical narrative.

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Overview

Dismissed in early years as a wasteland, the rolling open country that covers the interior parts of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho is today one of the richest farmlands in the nation. This work is the story of its transformation. Meinig traces all of the aspects of its development by combining geographic description with historical narrative.

University of Washington Press

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Editorial Reviews

Geographical Review

This is a regional historical geography of exceptional quality. Regional studies, Carl Sauer once remarked in a seminar, involve judgement and perspective, insight and talent, and therefore should be attempted only by the mature practitioner. Donald Meinig qualifies on all counts. His excellent book makes us painfully aware of how little really good and readable work has been done in this genre.

Pacific Historical Review

A finely drawn and richly documented geography.

The Journal of American History

This study proves that regional history can have significance as well as genuine vitality.... The work is imaginative in theme, well organized, and ambitious in scope.

Pacific Historian

From the Indians who roamed the desert and grasslands, to the farmers who came to raise cattle and wheat, Meinig has mapped and written the changing attitudes towards the area and the changing economic patterns.... This is an outstanding contribution to our knowledge of history, geography, and economics.

Pacific Northwest Quarterly

Meinig’s approach emphasizes not dramatic personalities or events but the lay of the land, the sweep of seasons, and certain early perceptions of the area that influenced its development.

Booknews
****Reprint of the classic that was originally published in 1968 (and cited in BCL3). This edition has been inserted into the Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics series and contains both a new foreword and preface. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295974859
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Series: Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Ghost RegionA Retrospective PrefacePreface to the Original EditionAcknowledgmentsSetting: Landscapes, Seasons, and People, ca. 1800Entry: By East and By NorthCompetition: By Land and by SeaMonopoly: London Rules the ColumbiaMatrix: American Visions and VenturesMissions: Protestants and PriestsPreparation: Clearing, Organizing, and Evaluating the LandColonization: Gold, Grass, and GrainStrategy: Settlers and Railroads, 1870-90Conquest: Some Pattersn, Methods and Ideas, 1870-90Empire: Town and Country, ca. 1890Elaboration: Some Patterns and methodsInquiry: The Farmer and the Scientist, ca. 1890-1910Culmination: The Great Columbia Plain, ca. 1910Appendix: Populations and Facilities of Tows, 1890 and 1910 (Table 2)BibliographyIndex

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