How Cities Won the West: Four Centuries of Urban Change in Western North America (Histories of the American Frontier)

By: Abbott, Carl

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Cities rather than individual pioneers have been the driving force in the settlement and economic development of the western half of North America. Throughout the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, western urban centers served as starting points for conquest and settlement. As these frontier cities matured into metropolitan centers, they grew from imitators of eastern culture and outposts of eastern capital into independent sources of economic, cultural, and intellectual change.

From the Gulf of Alaska to the Mississippi River and from the binational metropolis of San Diego-Tijuana to the Prairie Province capitals of Canada, Carl Abbott explores the complex urban history of western Canada and the United States. The evolution of western cities from stations for exploration and military occupation to contemporary entry points for migration and components of a global economy reminds us that it is cities that "won the West." And today, as cultural change increasingly moves from west to east, Abbott argues that the urban West represents a new center from which emerging patterns of behavior and changing customs will help to shape North America in the twenty-first century.

Title: How Cities Won the West: Four Centuries of Urban Change in Western North America (Histories of the American Frontier)

Author: Abbott, Carl

Categories: Anthropology / Sociology,

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press: 2008

ISBN Number: 0826333125

ISBN Number 13: 9780826333124

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Type: Anthropology/Sociology

Seller ID: 143978

Description: Brand new book is in excellent condition in every respect. Binding is solid and square, covers have sharp corners, exterior shows no blemishes, text/interior is clean and free of marking of any kind. Dust jacket shows the slightest signs of shelf wear only, no tears. 347 pages, b&w photos, maps, charts, tables.