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This classic text retains the superb scholarship of the first edition in a thoroughly revised and accessibly written new edition. With both new and updated essays by distinguished American and Canadian authors, the book provides a comprehensive historical overview of the formation and growth of North American regions from European exploration and colonization to the second half of the twentieth century. Collectively the contributors explore the key themes of acquisition of geographical knowledge, cultural transfer and acculturation, frontier expansion, spatial organization of society, resource exploitation, regional and national integration, and landscape change. With six new chapters, redrawn maps, a new introduction that explores scholarly trends in historical geography since publication of the first edition, and a new final chapter guiding students to the basic sources for historical geographic enquiry, North America will be an indispensable text in historical geography courses.

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Editorial Reviews

H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
Enlightening and frequently eye-opening. . . . This book demonstrates the vital role North American places played in shaping historical forces. Professors may profit significantly by carefully considering the lessons contained within the fine syntheses contained here.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
Enlightening and frequently eye-opening. . . . This book demonstrates the vital role North American places played in shaping historical forces. Professors may profit significantly by carefully considering the lessons contained within the fine syntheses contained here.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742500198
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 514
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas F. McIlwraith is professor of geography at the University of Toronto. Edward K. Muller is professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Part I: Introduction Chapter 2 The North American Past: Retrospect and Prospect Part 3 Part II: Colonization: 1490s-1770s Chapter 4 European Encounters: Discovery and Exploration Chapter 5 The Spanish Borderlands Chapter 6 France in North America Chapter 7 The Colonial Origins of Anglo-America Chapter 8 Colonial America in the Eighteenth Century Part 9 Part III: Expansion: 1780s-1860s Chapter 10 The Geographical Dimensions of a New Nation, 1780s-1820s Chapter 11 Beyond the Appalachians, 1815-1860 Chapter 12 The Northeast and Regional Integration, 1800-1860 Chapter 13 British North America, 1763-1867 Part 14 Part IV: Consolidation: 1860s-1920s Chapter 15 Settling the Great Plains, 1850-1930 Chapter 16 The Far West, 1840-1920 Chapter 17 Population Growth, Migration and Urbanization, 1860-1920 Chapter 18 The National Integration of Regional Economies, 1860-1920 Chapter 19 The Progress of American Urbanism, 1860-1930 Chapter 20 Realizing the Idea of Canada Part 21 Part V: Reorganization: 1930s and Onward Chapter 22 America between the Wars Chapter 23 The Twentieth Century American City Chapter 24 The Other America: Changes in Rural America during the Twentieth Century Chapter 25 Canadian Cities in a North American Context Part 26 Part VI: Conclusion Chapter 27 Historical Geography since 1983 Chapters 28 Sources for Recreating the North American Past

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