Berkeley: A City in History

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University of California Press, Jan 23, 2008 - History - 240 pages
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The Railroad Age, The Depression, World War II, The Atomic Age, The Sixties—these periods shaped and were in turn shaped by Berkeley, California—a city that has had a remarkable influence given its modest size. This concise book, the only up-to-date history of Berkeley, is a rich chronicle connecting the people, trends, and events that made the city to much larger themes in history. From the native builders of shellmounds to the blue-collar residents of Ocean View, the rise of the University of California, the World War II shipyards, and today's demographics and politics, it's all here in this fascinating account of the other beloved city by the bay. Along the way, we find the answers to many intriguing questions: Why is Adeline Street is so oddly aligned? How did Berkeley benefit from the 1906 earthquake that destroyed much of San Francisco? What differentiated Holy Hill from Nut Hill? Berkeley: A City in History offers a delightful sense of place to anyone who has lived in, worked in, or traveled through this unique city.
 

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I bought this book on a sort of whim. I just moved to Berkeley from Austin for a brief three month stint here. Despite the short time I'm going to be here, I saw this book and thought it might be nice ... Read full review

Contents

First Settlers
1
A Tale of Two Towns
15
Enter the Octopus
33
Urbanization
47
A Special Place
64
Boom and Bust
84
World War II Watershed
105
A Kind of Peace
120
The Heritage of the Sixties
135
Berkeley in an Age of Inequality
155
Images from the Berkeley Public Library
175
Bibliography
205
Index
211
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Charles Wollenberg, Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of History at Berkeley City College, is coeditor, with Marcia A. Eymann, of What’s Going On? California and the Vietnam Era (UC Press) and author of Marinship at War: Shipbuilding and Social Change in Wartime Sausalito and Golden Gate Metropolis: Perspectives on Bay Area Regional History.

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