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America's West
A History, 1890–1950


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  • Date Published: October 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521150132

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  • The American West has influenced important national developments throughout the twentieth century, not only in the cultural arena, but also in economic development, in political ideology and action, and in natural resource conservation and preservation. Using regionalism as a lens for illuminating these national trends, America's West: A History, 1890–1950 examines this region's history and explores its influence on the rest of America. Moving chronologically from the late nineteenth- to the mid-twentieth century, David M. Wrobel examines turn-of-the-century expansion, the Progressive Era, the 1920s, the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War II, and the early Cold War years. He emphasizes cultural and political history, showing how developments in the West frequently indicated the future direction of the country.

    • Examines the history of the West against the backdrop of national developments, appealing to students and scholars of both the American West and American history in general
    • Focuses on politics, economics, culture (including race relations), demography, and environment
    • Considers important questions such as whether the West was more progressive than other regions during the Progressive Era, more reactionary during the 1920s, and more fully transformed by the New Deal and World War II than other American regions
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'From the 'closing of the frontier' to the 'good war', this immensely comprehensive and well-informed book is a fresh history of the West and its place in the nation. Wrobel's take on progressivism and its sequels through the 1940s are invariably nuanced and sensitive. A great read.' Walter Nugent, University of Notre Dame

    'With this book, David M. Wrobel proves again his mastery of the historian's craft. Analytic and synthetic, Wrobel breathes life into the symbiotic relationship that shaped the West and, in turn, the nation at large.' Robert A. Goldberg, University of Utah

    'This beautifully written book shows how in the span on a single lifetime the American West was transformed, and how that transformation reshaped US politics and culture during the first half of the twentieth century.' David S. Tanenhaus, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    'David M. Wrobel has written an excellent account of how the American West transitioned in less than sixty years from a colony controlled by distant forces to a region that began to shape the economic, cultural, and political vectors of the country and the world.' Joseph E. Taylor III, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia

    'Wrobel's established excellence as a scholar of western American history is on full display in this careful examination of the region's cultural, economic, and political complexity.' Joseph 'Andy' Fry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    'David M. Wrobel's America's West superbly continues Wrobel's complex and insightful contributions to one of our most important historiographical traditions.' Robert D. Johnston, University of Illinois, Chicago

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521150132
    • length: 294 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of maps
    1. Frontier, region, nation, and crisis
    2. The rise of a leader and a region
    3. Democracy and intolerance
    4. Regional growth and cultural conflict
    5. From safety valve to safety net
    6. Exposing the promised land
    7. The landscape of war
    8. The good war?
    Coda: the West at mid-century

  • Author

    David M. Wrobel, University of Oklahoma
    David M. Wrobel is a Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of Promised Lands (2002), The End of American Exceptionalism (1993), and Global West, American Frontier (2013), which won the Western Heritage Award for nonfiction. He is a past president of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association and of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society.

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