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The Metropolitan frontier : cities in the modern American West

Author: Carl Abbott
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1993.
Series: Modern American West.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When the American West represented the country's frontier, many of its cities may have seemed little more than trading centers to serve the outlying populace. Now the nation's most open and empty region is also its most heavily urbanized, with 80 percent of Westerners living in its metropolitan areas. The process of urbanization that had already transformed the United States from a rural to an urban society between
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Genre/Form: History
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Abbott, Carl.
Metropolitan frontier.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)607714619
Online version:
Abbott, Carl.
Metropolitan frontier.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)621025486
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Abbott
ISBN: 0816511292 9780816511297 0816515700 9780816515707
OCLC Number: 28066516
Description: xxiii, 244 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Growth and Politics in the Wartime Generation. 1. War and the Westward Tilt, 1940-1950. 2. The Politics of Growth --
pt. 2. Growth and Politics in the Postwar Generation. 3. From Regional Cities to National Cities, 1950-1990. 4. Gateways to the World. 5. The Politics of Diversity --
pt. 3. Cities and the Shaping of the Modern West. 6. Multicentered Cities. 7. Cities and Country. 8. Cities and Nation.
Series Title: Modern American West.
Responsibility: Carl Abbott.

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When the American West represented the country's frontier, many of its cities may have seemed little more than trading centers to serve the outlying populace. Now the nation's most open and empty region is also its most heavily urbanized, with 80 percent of Westerners living in its metropolitan areas. The process of urbanization that had already transformed the United States from a rural to an urban society between 1815 and 1930 has continued most clearly and completely.

In the modern West, where growth since 1940 - spurred by mobilization for World War II - has constituted a distinct era in which Western cities have become national and even international pacesetters. The Metropolitan Frontier places this last half-century of Western history in its urban context, making it the first comprehensive overview of urban growth in the region. Integrating the urban experience of all nineteen Western states, Carl Abbott ranges for evidence from.

Honolulu to Houston and from Fargo to Fairbanks to show how Western cities organize the region's vast spaces and connect them to the even larger sphere of the world economy. His survey moves from economic change to social and political response, examining the initial boom of the 1940s, the process of change in the following decades, and the ultimate impact of Western cities on their environments, on the Western regional character, and on national identity. Today, a.

Steadily increasing number of Western workers are engaged in rural industries, but Western cities continue to grow. As ecological and social crises begin to affect those cities, Abbott's study will become required reading for historians, geographers, sociologists, urban planners, and all citizens concerned with America's future.

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