Pacific Eldorado: A History of Greater California (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 29, 2012 - History - 440 pages
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Osborne's work is the first history text to explore the sweep of California's past in relationship to its connections within the maritime world of the Pacific Basin.
  • Presents a provocative and original interpretation of the entire span of California history
  • Reveals how the area's Pacific Basin connections have shaped the Golden State's past
  • Refutes the widely held notion among historians that California was isolated before the onset of the American period in the mid-1800s
  • Represents the first text to draw on anthropologist Jon Erlandson's findings that California's first human inhabitants were likely prehistoric Asian seafarers who navigated the Pacific Rim coastline
  • Includes instructor resources in an online companion site: www.wiley.com/go/osborne
  

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Contents

Beginnings From Fire and Ice to Indian Homeland
1
Spains Greater California Coast
25
A Globally Connected Mexican Province
53
War and Gold Americas West Coast Eldorado
78
National Crisis Statehood and Social Change
105
PacificBound Rails Hard Times and Chinese Exclusion
132
Eldorados Economic and Cultural Growth
158
AntiRailroad Politics Municipal Graft and Labor Struggles
186
Governor Hiram Johnson and PacificOriented Progressivism
211
Good Times and Bad in a Pacific Rim Super State
238
Americas Pacific Bulwark World War II and Its Aftermath
267
Liberalism at High Tide
295
Gold Coast Conservatism and the Politics of Limits
323
The Ongoing Pacific Shift
356
Governors of California 17682012
389
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About the author (2012)

Thomas J. Osborne is Emeritus Professor of History at Santa Ana College, where he received the inaugural Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award. He earned his Ph.D in history from Claremont Graduate University and is the author and co-author of several scholarly books, articles and reviews, including Paths to the Present: Thoughts on the Contemporary Relevance of America's Past (co-authored with Fred R. Mabbutt) and "Empire Can Wait:" American Opposition to Hawaiian Annexation, 1893-1898.

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