A New Significance: Re-Envisioning the History of the American West / Edition 1

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Gathering the best of essays produced at a conference at Utah State University, this collections aims to produce compelling assessment of the newest Western historiography.
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"A New Significance is a challenging, thought-provoking volume of essays...The end result is a book of many voices and perspectives reflecting, in important ways, the diversity of our scholarship and methodology that marks western history in our time...The West, like other regions once treated in a colonial fashion, has important information to be discovered. So too does this useful collection of scholarship and perspectives on the significance of the West."--The Annals of Iowa

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195100488
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,195,372
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Clyde A. Milner II is Professor of History at Utah State University. Editor of the Western Historical Quarterly, he is co-editor of The Oxford History of the American West (1994).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Envisioning a Second Century of Western History
1 The Course of Western History's First Century 3
2 Fighting Words: The Significance of the American West in the History of the United States 29
Commentary: Courage without Illusion 56
Commentary: The New Significance of the American West 61
3 Significant to Whom?: Mexican Americans and the History of the American West 67
Commentary: In Pursuit of a Brown West 90
Commentary: Interpreting Voice and Locating Power 97
4 A Place of Extremes: Nature, History, and the American West 105
Commentary: A Mosaic of Different Environments 125
Commentary: Place versus Region in Western Environmental History 130
5 Significant Lives: Asia and Asian Americans in the U.S. West 135
Commentary: Through Western Eyes: Discovering Chinese Women in America 158
Commentary: Extending Democracy's Reach 168
6 Cultural Filters: The Significance of Perception 175
Commentary: Looking West from Here and There 202
Commentary: The Shadow of Pikes Peak 205
7 Still Native: The Significance of Native Americans in the History of the Twentieth-Century American West 213
Commentary: We Are Restored 241
Commentary: New Awareness for an Old Significance 247
8 "A Memory Sweet to Soldiers": The Significance of Gender 255
Commentary: Staring at the Sun 279
Commentary: A Regendered, Reracialized, and Resituated West 283
Concluding Statement: Through the Prism of Race: The Meaning of African-American History in the West 289
Concluding Statement: Reintroducing a Re-envisioned West 300
Contributors 307
Index 311
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