The American West. Visions and Revisions (New Studies in Economic and Social History)

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Over the past twenty-five years historians have created a 'New Western History', which has aimed to rewrite the 'Old Western History' created around the famous Turner thesis on the significance of the American Frontier. Focusing on five main themes, this study examines the dynamics and progress of recent scholarship in the issues of land use, the environment, race, ethnicity, gender, business and the development of communities. Synthesizing prolific research, it offers a clear and up-to-date review of American history and includes a complete bibliography.

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This is a succinct survey of the numerous contributions to the history of the American west. In the past twenty-five years historians have established a 'New Western History', which has rewritten the 'Old Western History' created around the famous Turner thesis on the significance of the American Frontier. Focusing on issues of land use, the environment, race, ethnicity, gender, business and the development of communities, this study examines the dynamics and progress of recent scholarship. This book will prove invaluable for all students of American history.

About the Author:

Margaret Walsh is a Professor of American Economic and Social History in the School of American and Canadian Studies of the University of Nottingham.

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