Description - Storied Land by John Walton
California began in Monterey and Monterey's story is arguably the story of California. In this highly original book, John Walton examines the historical formation and reformation of community in Monterey over a period of 230 years. He describes the history of the city from its establishment as the capital of Spanish California in 1770 to its contemporary life as a centre of tourism, education, environmentalism and historical preservation. "Storied Land" is not only an important record of events - it is also a powerful and innovative investigation of how historical narratives are produced. Walton looks at how Franciscan missionaries and military governors created competing historical narratives of "civilizing" the Native American population. He explores changing historical conditions that generate successive narratives of Yankee progress, Spanish romance, and working-class Cannery Row. Today the nostalgic story of early California competes with political activists' conceptions of environmental protection and ethnic diversity.
Walton uses these historical examples to examine the larger issues of collective memory, arguing that history is a product of the interplay of events and narra
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(229mm x 152mm x mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - John Walton
John Walton is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. He is also the author of Reluctant Rebels (1984), Free Markets and Food Riots (1994), and the award- winning Western Times and Water Wars: State, Culture, and Rebellion in California (California, 1992).