The Shaping of America
A Geographical Perspective on 500 Years of History Transcontinental America, 1850-1915 Volume 3 New edition
By (author) D. W. Meinig
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Shaping of America by D. W. Meinig
Book DescriptionThis is the third of four volumes in a series acclaimed by both historians and geographers for its breathtaking scope and originality. D. W. Meinig continues his riveting account of America's interwoven history and geography, describing the expanding country's development from the mid-nineteenth century to 1915. To accompany his interpretation of America's geographic evolution, Meinig offers forty superb new maps and forty-five other illustrations. Each original map enhances our historical understanding of the patterns, features, and themes of American history. The book begins with the struggle over where to build the Pacific railway and fix the nation's first transcontinental axis. Meinig portrays in detail the settlement of the diverse regions of the American West and how these many "Wests" were incorporated into the growing nation. He then examines the South as an imperial province and the dominance of the American Core over an increasingly consolidated nation. In conclusion, the author considers America's imperial pressures upon Canada and Mexico, the country's overt expansions in the Caribbean and the Pacific, and the Panama Canal as a transcontinental completion.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300082906
(252mm x 180mm x 36mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 12-May-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author D. W. Meinig
Shaping of America, Paperback (May 1995)
Between 1800 and 1867 America experienced a dramatic expansion in territory, population, economy and political tension that culminated in the Civil War. In this volume the author offers an interpretation of the American past by bringing a different geographical perspective to this period.
Interpretation of Ordinary Landscapes, Paperback (June 1979)View all books by D. W. Meinig
The study of the cultural meaning of landscapes is of increasing interest in several fields. This book attempts to open up the subject to a wider audience, and is the first to deal with the basic principles of `reading the landscape'.
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Author Biography - D. W. Meinig
D. W. Meinig is Maxwell Research Professor of Geography at Syracuse University and the author of Volumes 1 and 2 of The Shaping of America.
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