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Contested Eden: California Before the Gold Rush (California History Sesquicentennial Series) Historical Society ed. Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0520212749
ISBN-10: 0520212746
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As the first of a projected four-volume collection that will portray the complete history of California, Contested Eden contains a dozen essays ranging from prehistory to 1848. Because it is often common to think of California's history as beginning with the Gold Rush, this text provides a welcome look at the rich background of the most populous state. It is sure to be of interest both to academic and novice historians. Contested Eden begins with an examination of California's natural history, and proceeds in a roughly chronological fashion through the Indian settlements, the conquest by Spain, the incursions of Russian traders, the settlers who came overland from the United States, and the role of California in the war between the U.S. and Mexico. Other essays tackle themes such as cultural conflicts and gender roles. On occasion the writing lapses into academic jargon, but for the most part the pieces are lucid and highly informative.

About the Author

Ramón A. Gutiérrez is Professor of Ethnic Studies and History at the University of California, San Diego. Richard J. Orsi is Professor of History at California State University, Hayward, and editor of the journal California History.
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Product Details

  • Series: California History Sesquicentennial Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 395 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Historical Society ed. edition (March 31, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520212746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520212749
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book looks at pre-gold rush California from various angles. Essays on native California history, along with indigenous actions during early occupation years are major parts of this text. The history of "Californio" women and indigenous sexuality are also included. Californio and Anglo interactions between 1820 and 1850 cover new ground.
At times the work appears a bit "heady" because the advanced vocabulary. However, this is a "must read" for any California scholar.
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This book looks at pre-gold rush California from varorious angles. Essays on native California history, along with indigenous actions during early occupation years are major parts of this text. The history of "Californio" women and indigenous sexuality are also included.
Californio and Anglo interactions between 1820 and 1850 cover new ground.
At times the work appears a bit "heady" because the advanced vocabulary. However, this is a "must read" for any California scholar.
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This book looks at pre-gold rush California from varorious angles. Essays on native California history, along with indigenous actions during early occupation years are major parts of this text. The history of "Californio" women and indigenous sexuality are also included. Californio and Anglo interactions between 1820 and 1850 cover new ground.
At times the work appears a bit "heady" because the advanced vocabulary. However, this is a "must read" for any California scholar.
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