The Great Columbia Plain: A Historical Geography, 1805-1910

The Great Columbia Plain: A Historical Geography, 1805-1910

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295974859
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 10/28/1995
Series: Emil and Kathleen Sick Book Series in Western History and Biography Series
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 598
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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William Cronon

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..

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