The Pacific Northwest: An Interpretive History

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U of Nebraska Press, 1996 - History - 568 pages
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reviews of the first edition: "This eminently readable book provides a refreshing current perspective on the Northwest. . . . More than 100 illustrations, maps, and figures drawn from archival repositories in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho provide a valuable visual dimension . . . an excellent synthesis."-Journal of the West. "Essential reading . . . an excellent overview of the region. . . . The well-chosen photographs are a superb counterpoint to the text. . . . Arguably the best collection of photos and drawings anywhere in print that illustrate the whole of Northwest history."-Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "A superb book."-Columbia. Carlos Arnaldo Schwantes has revised and expanded the entire work, which is still the most comprehensive and balanced history of the region. This edition contains significant additional material on early mining in the Pacific Northwest, sea routes to Oregon in the early discovery and contact period, the environment of the region, the impact of the Klondike gold rush, and politics since 1945. Recent environmental controversies, such as endangered salmon runs and the spotted owl dispute, have been addressed, as has the effect of the Cold War on the region's economy. The author has also expanded discussion of the roles of women and minorities and updated statistical information. Carlos Arnaldo Schwantes is a professor in the Department of History, and director of the Institute for Pacific Northwest Study, at the University of Idaho. He is the author of a number of books, including Hard Traveling: A Portrait of Work Life in the New Northwest (Nebraska 1995).

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Schwantes surveys the economic and social history of the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho) from the time of the first white-Indian contact to 1987. He focuses on three major themes ... Read full review


A Natural
Commonwealth of Toil
Progressivism and World War I
Chapter 17
Depression Decade
RollerCoaster Years
The Politics of Anxiety and Affluence
Chapter 22
A Statistical Portrait

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