North America: The Historical Geography of a Changing Continent

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Thomas F. McIlwraith, Edward K. Muller
Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2001 - Social Science - 500 pages
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This classic text retains the superb scholarship of the first edition in a thoroughly revised and accessibly written new edition. With both new and updated essays by distinguished American and Canadian authors, the book provides a comprehensive historical overview of the formation and growth of North American regions from European exploration and colonization to the second half of the twentieth century. Collectively the contributors explore the key themes of acquisition of geographical knowledge, cultural transfer and acculturation, frontier expansion, spatial organization of society, resource exploitation, regional and national integration, and landscape change. With six new chapters, redrawn maps, a new introduction that explores scholarly trends in historical geography since publication of the first edition, and a new final chapter guiding students to the basic sources for historical geographic enquiry, North America will be an indispensable text in historical geography courses.
  

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Contents

The North American Past Retrospect and Prospect
3
COLONIZATION 1490s1770s
23
European Encounters Discovery and Exploration
25
The Spanish Borderlands
47
France in North America
65
The Colonial Origins of AngloAmerica
89
Colonial America in the 18th Century
119
EXPANSION 1780s1860s
141
Population Growth Migration and Urbanization 18601920
285
The National Integration of Regional Economies 18601920
307
The Impact of Industrialism and Modernity on American Cities 18601930
333
Realizing the Idea of Canada
357
REORGANIZATION 1930s AND ONWARD
379
America between the Wars The Engineering of a New Geography
381
The Other America Changes in Rural America during the 20th Century
409
The 20thCentury American City
423

The Geographical Dimensions of a New Nation 1780s1820s
143
Beyond the Appalachians 18151860
165
The Northeast and Regional Integration 18001860
189
British North America 17631867
207
CONSOLIDATION 1860s1920s
235
Settling the Great Plains 18501930 Prospects and Problems
237
The Far West 18401920
261
Canadian Cities in a North American Context
445
CONCLUSION
463
Afterword Historical Geography since 1987
465
Sources for Recreating the North American Past
471
Index
483
About the Contributors
499
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About the author (2001)

Thomas F. McIlwraith is professor of geography at the University of Toronto. Edward K. Muller is professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh.

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