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"It's your misfortune and none of my own" : a history of the American West / by Richard White.

By: White, Richard, 1947-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c1991Edition: 1st ed.Description: xix, 644 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.ISBN: 0806123664; 9780806123660.Subject(s): West (U.S.) -- History | Modern history c 1750 to c 1914 | Social history | History of racial or ethnic groups | United States HistoryDDC classification: 978 LOC classification: F591 | .W69 1991Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
Pt. 1. The Origins of the West. 1. The Seeds of the West. 2. Empires and Indians -- Pt. 2. The Federal Government and the Nineteenth-Century West. 3. The Conquest of the West. 4. The Federal Government and the Indians. 5. Exploring the Land. 6. Distributing the Land. 7. Territorial Government -- Pt. 3. Transformation and Development. 8. The Transformation of Western Society: Migration. 9. Transforming the Land. 10. The West and the World Economy. 11. The Economic Structure of the West. 12. New Communities and the Western Social Order. 13. Social Conflict. 14. Western Politics -- Pt. 4. The Bureaucratic Revolution in the West. 15. At the Centers of Power. 16. On the Peripheries of Power -- Pt. 5. Transforming the West. 17. The Depression. 18. War II and Its Aftermath: Reshaping the West -- Pt. 6. The Modern West. 19. Rise of the Metropolitan West. 20. The West and the Nation. 21. The Imagined West.
Summary: History of the American West that focuses on its creation rather than the vanishing of the frontier.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Pt. 1. The Origins of the West. 1. The Seeds of the West. 2. Empires and Indians -- Pt. 2. The Federal Government and the Nineteenth-Century West. 3. The Conquest of the West. 4. The Federal Government and the Indians. 5. Exploring the Land. 6. Distributing the Land. 7. Territorial Government -- Pt. 3. Transformation and Development. 8. The Transformation of Western Society: Migration. 9. Transforming the Land. 10. The West and the World Economy. 11. The Economic Structure of the West. 12. New Communities and the Western Social Order. 13. Social Conflict. 14. Western Politics -- Pt. 4. The Bureaucratic Revolution in the West. 15. At the Centers of Power. 16. On the Peripheries of Power -- Pt. 5. Transforming the West. 17. The Depression. 18. War II and Its Aftermath: Reshaping the West -- Pt. 6. The Modern West. 19. Rise of the Metropolitan West. 20. The West and the Nation. 21. The Imagined West.

History of the American West that focuses on its creation rather than the vanishing of the frontier.

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Library Journal Review

``It's your misfortune and none of my own,'' the line from a song, sets the tone for this sweeping account of the West from the early European incursions to the present. White, a leader in the ``new history of the West'' movement, builds upon Patricia N. Limerick's The Legacy of Conquest ( LJ 9/1/87) to provide a far-reaching explanation of the creation of a region rather than just the vanishing of the frontier. Drawing upon ethnic, environmental, urban, labor, and women's history as well as traditional sources, White gives fresh perspective to the West. His book is well written and contains useful graphics, though a major disappointment is the lack of footnotes. Nonetheless, this is a significant contribution to the understanding not only of how the West was won but also of how much of it was lost. This will appeal to history buffs and scholars and is highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.--Daniel Liestman, Seattle Pacific Univ. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

A work of mature scholarship by the author of several solid volumes on western subjects, this book is a finely crafted synthesis that is destined to become a prizewinner and the standard study. Anchored in the tradition of regional history originated by Webb and Malin, White draws on the wealth of contemporary scholarship to examine environmental issues, gender roles, urbanization, politics, regional economic development, and the ways in which successive waves of peoples Native Americans, Hispanics and French, Anglos, and more recent arrivals acted on the lands that make up the 17 western states and on each other. White's book shows that the West as a definable place rests not so much on geography as on a distinctive history in which government always played a decisive role, despite the survival of a durable myth of individualism. Long on incisive interpretation, shorter on narrative, but vivid in details, this book will reach and enrich the understanding of a wide readership. Maps, abundant illustrations, chapter reading lists.-D. W. Steeples, Aurora University

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