Alaska: An American Colony

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University of Washington Press, 2002 - History - 372 pages
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Alaska has not evolved in a vacuum. It has been part of larger stories: the movement of Native peoples and their contact and accommodation to Western culture, the spread of European political economy to the New World, and the expansion of American capitalism and culture.

Alaska, an American Colony focuses on Russian America and American Alaska, bringing the story of Alaska up to the present and exploring the continuing impact of Alaska Native claims settlements, the trans- Alaska pipeline, and the Alaska Lands Act. In contrast to the stereotype of Alaska as a place where rugged individualists triumph over the harsh environment, distinguished historian Stephen Haycox offers a less romantic, more complex history that emphasizes the broader national and international contexts of Alaska’s past and the similarities between Alaska and the American West. Covering cultural, political, economic, and environmental history, the book also includes an overview of the region’s geography and the anthropology of Alaska’s Native peoples.

Throughout Alaska, an American Colony, Haycox stresses the continuing involvement of Alaska Natives in the state’s economic, political, and social life and development. He also explores the power of myth in historical representations of Alaska and the controlling influence of national perceptions of the region.

 

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The title of Stephen Haycox' book is slightly misleading, as the first half of the work details imperial Russia's "discovery," exploration and exploitation of Alaska before selling the massive ... Read full review

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Just how important is Alaska to the rest of the United States, and what does it offer in the way of tangible assets? Was its purchase truly "Seward's Folly"? Haycox (history, Univ. of Alaska ... Read full review

Contents

1 Russian America an Introduction
37
2 Russian Eastward Expansion and the Kamchatka Expeditions
40
3 Exploitation and the Origins of the Contest for Sovereignty
53
4 Grigorii Shelikhov and the Russian American Company
71
5 Aleksandr Baranov
88
6 Russian America
115
7 The Sale of Russian America
147
PART TWO AMERICAN ALASKA
157
The Gold Rush and Progressive Reform
201
The Last Frontier
236
12 War and the Transition to Statehood
257
The Last Wilderness
273
Epilogue
313
Notes
319
Bibliography
343
INDEX
363

8 American Alaska an Introduction
159
The Alaska Purchase and the Politics of the Early Economy
170

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Stephen Haycox , professor of history at the University of Alaska Anchorage, is author of Frigid Embrace: Politics, Economics and Environment in Alaska and coeditor of An Alaska Anthology: Interpreting the Past.

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