A New Significance

A New Significance : Re-Envisioning the History of the American West

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This is a view of the history of the American West at the end of the 20th century. It is the first systematic attempt to assess the current state of Western History. It covers the major new areas of emphasis. The individual essays (developed for a conference in 1993 at Utah State University) are written by the most promising scholars of the younger generation of Western historians.show more

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  • Hardback | 332 pages
  • 228.6 x 228.6 x 152.4mm | 796.24g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones, line illustrations
  • 0195100476
  • 9780195100471

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A New Significance is a challenging, thought-provoking volume of essays...The end result is a book of many voices and perspectives reflecting, in important ways, the diversity of our scholarship and methodology that marks western history in our time...The West, like other regions once treated in a colonial fashion, has important information to be discovered. So too does this useful collection of scholarship and perspectives on the significance of the West. * The Annals of Iowa * A New Significance is a challenging, thought-provoking volume of essays...The end result is a book of many voices and perspectives reflecting, in important ways, the diversity of our scholarship and methodology that marks western history in our time...The West, like other regions once treated in a colonial fashion, has important information to be discovered. So too does this useful collection of scholarship and perspectives on the significance of the West. * The Annals of Iowa *show more

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In 1893, Frederick Jackson Turner published his revolutionary essay, "The Significance of the Frontier in American History". A century later, many of the country's most innovative scholars of Western history assembled at a conference at Utah State University under the direction of historian Clyde A. Milner II. Here they delivered papers meant to map the exciting new territory opened in recent years in the history of the West. Gathering the best of these essays, this collection aims to produce a compelling assessment of the newest Western historiography. The timely, vigorous entries go beyond conventional narratives of westward expansion, and make clear the stimulating uses of scholarship informed by recent critical and multicultural theory. Contributors include William Deverell on the significance of the West in American history; David Gutierrez on Mexican Americans and cultural identity; Susan Rhoades Neel on nature and the environment; Gail M. Nomura on Asia and Asian Americans; Anne F. Hyde on cultural perceptions; David Rich Lewis on twentieth-century Native Americans; Susan Lee Johnson on men, women, and gender; and Quintard Taylor on the history of African Americans in the West. Each essay is accompanied by commentaries written by other top scholars in the field, and the eminent historian Allan G. Bogue supplies a lucid introduction.show more

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