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.
|Publisher:||University of Washington Press|
|Series:||Emil and Kathleen Sick Book Series in Western History and Biography Series|
|Edition description:||Revised Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.34(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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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By offering so richly textured a description of the region he knows and loves so well, Meinig reminds us how the meaning of a place can only be understood in time. The deeper lesson of this book is that history and geography yield some of their greatest insights when they make common cause and work together. To understand a place, we must know its history; to understand history, we must know the place in which it has occurred..