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Savage Perils: Racial Frontiers and Nuclear Apocalypse in American Culture

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ISBN-13: 978-0806138220
ISBN-10: 080613822X
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“The myth of automatic progress is the unthinking basic narrative told by the authors of all American history textbooks. Savage Perils shows how this storyline developed from Darwin, explains how it came to dwell in Cold War science fiction, illuminates how it reinforces Western racism, and warns us where it might take us next.”—James W. Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

“An important, insightful, and timely study.”—Richard Slotkin, author of Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in the Twentieth Century

About the Author

Patrick B. Sharp is Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Liberal Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080613822X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806138220
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SAVAGE PERILS: RADICAL FRONTIERS AND NUCLEAR APOCALYPSE IN AMERICAN CULTURE examines the history of American culture from the early industrial age to the Cold War, considering how this history and culture influenced representations of nuclear weaponry in American society and psyche. From anthropological race theory and Asian immigration to Darwinian evidence of struggle between 'civilized' and 'savage' forces, SAVAGE PERILS juxtaposes both military and social history in an analysis perfect for college-level social science holdings.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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