Nature’s Northwest: The North Pacific Slope in the Twentieth Century



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Regionalism -- Pacific Northwest, Human geography -- Pacific Northwest, Pacific Northwest -- History -- 20th century


Contents Years of "exuberant optimism" -- Reformers, radicals, and the new order -- War and peace : the politics of reaction -- Shaping a regional culture, 1900-1930 -- Descent into despair and war -- The great boom -- Remaking northwest landscapes -- Conflicted politics of environmentalism -- Culture works, 1930-2000. Summary "With an emphasis on the region's political economy, its environmental history, and its cultural and social heritage, this lively and colorful history of the Pacific Northwest--defined here as Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and southern British Columbia--places the narrative of this dynamic region within a national and international context. Embracing both Canadian and American stories in looking at the larger region, renowned historian William Robbins and Katrine Barber offer us a fascinating regional history through the lens of both the environment and society. Understanding the physical landscape of the greater Pacific Northwest--and the watersheds of the Columbia, Fraser, Snake, and Klamath rivers--sets the stage for understanding the development of the area. Examining how this landscape spawned sawmills, fish canneries, railroads, logging camps, agriculture, and shared immigrant and ethnic traditions reveals an intricate portrait of the twentieth-century Northwest." -- From publisher description.


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