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Great Plains - (2nd edition

Great Plains (ISBN10: 0803297025; ISBN13: 9780803297029)
ISBN13: 978-0803297029
ISBN10: 0803297025

Summary: This classic description of the interaction between the vast central plains of America and the people who lived there has, since its first publication in 1931, been one of the most influential, widely known, and controversial works in western history. Arguing that ''the Great Plains environment. . .constitutes a geographic unity whose influences have been so powerful as to put a characteristic mark upon everything that survives within its borders,'' Webb singles out the revolver, bar
bed wire, and the windmill as evidence of the new phase of civilization required for settlement of that arid, treeless region. Webb draws on history, anthropology, geography, demographics, climatology, and economics to substantiate his thesis that the 98th meridian constituted an institutional faultcomparable to a geological faultat which ''practically every institution that was carried across it was either broken and remade or else greatly altered.''
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Summary: This classic description of the interaction between the vast central plains of America and the people who lived there has, since its first publication in 1931, been one of the most influential, widely known, and controversial works in western history. Arguing that ''the Great Plains environment. . .constitutes a geographic unity whose influences have been so powerful as to put a characteristic mark upon everything that survives within its borders,'' Webb singles out the revolver, barbed wire, and the windmill as evidence of the new phase of civilization required for settlement of that arid, treeless region. Webb draws on history, anthropology, geography, demographics, climatology, and economics to substantiate his thesis that the 98th meridian constituted an institutional faultcomparable to a geological faultat which ''practically every institution that was carried across it was either broken and remade or else greatly altered.'' ...show less

Edition/Copyright: (2ND)59
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Bison Books
Published: 12/28/1959
International: No

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Lincoln, NB 1981 Soft Cover First Edition, 3rd Printing Near Fine in None as Issued jacket Text/One folded corner (pg 335), else As New. Illustrated soft cover/NF. First published 1931; this is a pa ...show moreperback reprint. Classic social history of the pioneer days of the Great Plains by historian Walter Prescott Webb (1888-1963). A treatise drawing on disciplines of history, ethnology, geography, demographics, climate and economics with singular attention to the role of guns, barb wire, and windmills in the settling of the vast region. ...show less
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