The Shaping of America: A Geographical Perspective on 500 Years of History, Volume 4: Global America, 1915-2000 / Edition 1

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This landmark book, the concluding volume in a magisterial series, presents the story of America’s interwoven history and geography from 1915 to 2000. Discussing such developments as the automotive, neotechnic, and communications revolutions, the world wars, urban migration, and regionalism, D.W. Meinig offers unprecedented insights into the reshaping of the United States.
"Meinig at his best: he presents a masterly synthesis of the cultural complexity of America, a compelling account of the dramatic but immensely complicated restructuring of its human geography during the twentieth century."—Graeme Wynn, Journal of Historical Geography
"This work will shape the way many people view the United States for a long time to come. Essential."—Choice
"This splendid work concludes the most ambitious writing project of any American geographer, ever. Global America meets and even exceeds the high standards set by the previous three volumes."—John C. Hudson, Northwestern University
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“This splendid work concludes the most ambitious writing project of any American geographer, ever. Global America meets and even exceeds the high standards set by the previous three volumes. Meinig’s interpretation leads finally to the global scale, which became the essential stage for American ambitions in the second half of the twentieth century.”—John C. Hudson, Northwestern University
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D. W. Meinig is Maxwell Research Professor of Geography at Syracuse University.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Technology : mobilization and acceleration
1 Mobilization : the automotive revolution 3
2 Mobilization : neotechnic evolution 34
3 Acceleration : on the surface 61
4 Acceleration : in the air 87
5 Acceleration : invisible and instantaneous 97
Pt. 2 Morphology : migrations and formations
1 Populations and policies, 1915-1950s 114
2 Regionalism, 1920s-1950 134
3 A reconnaissance of regions 148
4 Midcentury morphology 174
5 Altering the federation and internal empire 193
6 Populations and policies, 1950s-1990s 225
7 Some reconfigurations 247
8 Reshaping the nation 277
Pt. 3 Mission : assertions and impositions
1 Assertions : America and Europe 299
2 Impositions : war and interwar, Europe and Asia 304
3 Impositions : Western Hemisphere 319
4 Redividing the world 336
5 Impositions and oppositions 348
6 America and the world 371
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