Trails: Toward a New Western History

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ISBN-13: 978-0700605019
ISBN-10: 0700605010
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This volume showcases some of the best of the new Western history, a school that seeks to correct omissions and inadequacies in traditional historical treatment of the American West. These revisionists view the West as a region that had its own cultures before the arrival of Anglo-Americans rather than as virgin territory to be conquered; the roles of women, Native Americans and Mexicans fill out the picture. The deans of traditional Western history, Frederick Jackson Turner and Walter Prescott Webb, come in for a fair amount of criticism. While several of the articles are historiographic, defining this new mode of analysis, others--such as Walter Nugent's "Frontiers and Empires in the Late Nineteenth Century," which draws parallels between 19th-century colonialism and America's westward expansion--are both accessible and informative. In all, the 12 essays provide a worthy introduction to an ongoing reappraisal of our frontier past. Limerick is the author of The Legacy of Conquest ; Milner wrote Major Problems in the History of the American West ; and Rankin is editor of Montana: The Magazine of Western History .
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"Among the most stimulating, thought provoking, and, at the same time, most controversial publications dealing with western American history." -- Western Historical Quarterly

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (October 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700605010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700605019
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,411,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was just okay. I have been a huge fan of Ms. Limerick, but a few of her inclusions were so self-congratulatory and about the writer more than the story. There should have been other western history experts that could have done a better job of redefining the new way of viewing the West.
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