Geography, History, and the American Political Economy

Geography, History, and the American Political Economy

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This collection takes on the call issued by reviewers of The American Way for a critical application of Carville Earle's framework to more geographical examples of political and economic shifts in America's past. The essays illustrate changes in U.S. settlement, development, and political structure through the lens of the restructuring of the American economy and society over approximately fifty year cycles of crisis and recovery. They demonstrate the extension of American's sphere of influence outside of the United States as a larger scalar shift, and they underscore the utility of geography in answering very local questions concerning questions of poorly documented settlement histories. Focusing on the geographic responses to periodic cycles of crisis and recovery and the more general underlying intertwining of geography and history, Geography, History, and the American Political Economy is an incisive demonstration of how the constant restructuring of American politics and economy occurs within spatial and historical constructs.
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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 26mm | 480.81g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0739128167
  • 9780739128169

About John Heppen

John Heppen is associate professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. Samuel M. Otterstrom is associate professor of geography at Brigham Young University.
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Insightful essays on American geographical history that examine the rhythms in economic, demographic, and political life at local, regional, and national scales. Valuable for political economists, historical-oriented social scientists and interdisciplinary American Studies professionals. -- Stanley D. Brunn, editor of Collapsing Space and Time: A Geography of Information and Communication
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Table of contents

Chapter 1. Approaching America's Geographical History Chapter 2. Earle's Theory and Conception of the Geographical History of the United States Chapter 3. The French in the Illinois Country, 1699-1735: Using Historical Geography to Understand European-Indian History Chapter 4. Economic Diversity, Industrialization, and Urbanization in Early Nineteenth Century Connecticut Chapter 5. The Structural Transformation of the Antebellum Red River Valley Settlement Systems in Louisiana Chapter 6. Earle's Dialectical Policy Regimes and the Erie Canal Chapter 7. The Interplay of Manufacturing Employment and Population Concentrations in the United States, 1840-1990 Chapter 8. Regional Income Convergence and a Decennial Core-Periphery Regionalization of the United States 1929-2000 Chapter 9. Pre-Industrial, Industrial, and Post-Industrial Electoral Alignments in Ohio Chapter 10. Globalization Bites Back: A New Type of Crisis for the "American Way"? Chapter 11. The Rhythms of America's Geographical Past
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