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The Oxford History of the American West Paperback – September 19, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0195112122 ISBN-10: 0195112121 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 904 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (September 19, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195112121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195112122
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The storybook version of the American West, brought to us by Hollywood and TV, assumes a conflict of two opposing forces: cowboys against Indians, say, or cattle barons against small farmers. The real history of the West involves the conflict--but also the union--of many forces and peoples. This was true during the Spanish colonization of New Mexico, the Mormon arrival in Utah, and, after World War II, the transformation of California from backwater into cutting-edge region. The cycle persists today, as the West continues to grow in population and political influence. In The Oxford History of the American West 28 professional historians gather to analyze the West's history; the result of their work is an important reference.

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YA-This fascinating title, composed of 23 essays by college professors, offers much to scholars/researchers. Beginning with prehistory and moving along the time line to today, the book deals with not only the expected topics of exploration, settlement, Indian displacement, cowboys and badmen, but also with harder-to-find topics such as the role of religion and early agricultural practices. The editors then bridge frontier history and post-1890 history with discussions of resource extraction, railroads, growth of cities, political movements, and the role of the federal government. The last section treats various contemporary outgrowths of the western myth (Hollywood, western art and literature, recent ethnic and racial unrest). As might be expected in a book that is almost as big as the land it's about, the quality of the essays varies. A few seem to have been run up by a committee and are fragmentary and confusing; others condense too much, but most are organized, lucid, and lively. While the book will be most useful as a research tool, some readers will be drawn by the generally good writing into wanting to know more about a given aspect of the West. A fine single source for research on the historical and contemporary West as myth, as an attitude, as a place, and as a culture. The essays are enhanced by many reproductions and some full-color art plates.
Judy McAloon, Potomac Library, Prince William County, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laurence J. Yadon on June 3, 2011
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This book has been a trusted overview source for my own research. The work consists of some twenty-four well written chapters prepared by leading professional historians, notably including Richard Maxwell Brown and Anne M. Butler. One need not agree with all the political and cultural perspectives presented here to appreciate the breadth and quality of the scholarship.

The one and only drawback is the use of bibliographic notes at the end of each chapter in lieu of a consolidated bibliography. That said, the chronologies, maps, tables and illustrations supplementing the text make this book a real bargain for anyone fascinated by the American West.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SHARON R. SUNDHAUSEN on September 25, 2010
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Great reference book for high school/college educators who teach, or are a student of the American West.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JayTee on August 15, 2012
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This was monster to plow through - 800+ pages. It has been sitting on my shelf for a number of years and finally committed to reading it. The book has a different format than a traditional history book. It is a collection of about 30 essays written by scholars on a variety of topics, for example, "Native Peoples and Native Histories", "Animals and Enterprise", "The Federal Presence." Each gives an informative narrative on the subject but also presents a point of view by the essayist. The book is perhaps less a history than a set of perspectives on the American West.

I enjoyed gaining a new look on old themes. I especially liked the essay on "Violence" by Richard Maxwell Brown. He discusses the set of beliefs that oriented westerners to violence including the doctrine of no duty to retreat, the homestead ethic, and vigilantism. He summarizes this around the Western Civil War of Incorporation, a series of skirmishes, gunfights, and massacres involving ranchers, homesteaders, labor unions, railroads, and other groups over the period of 1850-1919, that established the order of power in the untamed West.

The book closes with a fascinating essay "Comparing Wests and Frontiers" by Walter Nugent. He looks at the settlement of 18th and 19th century frontiers in Canada, South Africa, Australia, among others.

This book is a serious read but worth the effort!
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This book is a collective compilation of writings pertaining to the history of the American west. It is a well written reference material.
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By Chi S. Chiu on August 21, 2014
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