The History Of The American West Is Being Transformed By Exciting New Ideas, New Questions, New Scholarship For Many Years This Field Was Dominated By Popular Images Of The Lone Cowboy And The Savage Indian, And By Frederick Jackson Turner S Concept Of The Frontier As A Steadily Advancing Source Of Democracy And Social Renewal But Now Historians And Even The Merchants Of Popular Culture Are Reshaping Our Views Of The Frontier And The West By Taking Up A Rich Array Of New Subjects, Including The Stories Of Diverse Peoples As Well As The History Of The Land Itself A New Generation Of Scholars Is Reformulating The Broader Questions Also What Was The Significance Of The Frontier In American History What Are The Bases Of Western Identity What Themes Connect The Twentieth Century West To Its Distant Past The Transformation Of Western History Continues To Be An Open Ended, Turbulent Process The Original Essays In This Volume Are Reports From The Frontier Of Change In Their Diverging Assumptions And Conclusions, They Reflect The Vitality Of This Field They Succeed When They Make The Case For New Questions And Suggest Possible Answers They Advocate No Single Agenda But Taken Together They Well Represent The Passion And High Craft With Which Scholars Are Creating A New Western History Oh, I had such high hopes for this book. Not that it failed, but rather I failed it It s currently overdue at the library because I keep forgetting about it The three essays I read in it were really great, but I think I just have a problem reading essays It doesn t help that I only ever read in bed, or in dark, quiet places work It s going to fall into that embarrassing category of eternally reading unless I snap myself up by my bootstraps.Okay, I got twoessays down since writing this, but I really should get the book back to the library I m shelving it in to read until I can approach it with fair attention.
William Bill Cronon is a noted environmental historian, and the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison He was president of the American Historical Association AHA in 2012.
- 368 pages
- Under an Open Sky: Rethinking America's Western Past
- William Cronon
- 02 July 2019 William Cronon