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Imperial San Francisco : urban power, earthly ruin

Author: Gray A Brechin
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 1999.
Series: California studies in critical human geography, 3.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For more than a century before the current enthusiasm for Pacific Rim trade, San Francisco's leaders strove to make the ocean their lake. In Imperial San Francisco, urban geographer Gray Brechin provides a visionary and myth-shattering reinterpretation not only of the city by the Golden Gate but of the process of urbanization itself, a saga that extends from the rise of ancient Rome to the founding of Washington to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gray A Brechin
ISBN: 0520215680 9780520215689 0520229029 9780520229020
OCLC Number: 40331167
Description: xxvi, 402 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface: The Urban Maelstrom --
Introduction: New Romes for a New World --
Foundations of Dominion --
The Pyramid of Mining --
Mythologizing Mining --
The Invisible Pyramid --
California's Classical Precedent --
The Renaissance of Mining --
The Age of Discovery, Conquest, and Fugger --
De Re Metallica --
The James Marshall Myth --
A Promised Land Plundered --
Working the Frisco 'Change --
Ralston, His Ring, and the Comstock Lode --
The Sierra Nevada Flayed --
Halting Hydraulicking --
Mining Engineers as Heralds of Empire --
Deferred Costs --
Specious Denials --
Enduring Attitudes --
Transfer Technology --
Financial Districts as Inverted Minescapes --
Water Mains and Bloodlines --
Revealing Power --
A Shrine to Water --
Roman Aqueducts --
The Spring Valley Monopoly --
San Francisco Reclaims San Mateo County --
Hermann Schussler --
William Hammond Hall and the Thirst of Golden Gate Park --
Ralston's Last Gambit --
Sharon Rises on Ralston's Fall --
Francis Griffith Newlands --
Building Burlingame --
Phantom Capital --
The Greening of San Mateo County --
Phelan Discovers a Reservoir Site --
Enhancing Real Estate Values --
Los Angeles Lurches Ahead --
San Francisco Stalls --
None Other Than Hetch Hetchy --
Michael M. O'Shaughnessy --
A Debatable Masterpiece --
Hail, the Chief! --
The Thought Shapers --
The Scott Brothers: Arms and the Overland Monthly --
Commemorating the Soldiers of an Unnamed War --
San Francisco Bay as Pacific Launchpad --
The Union Iron Works --
The Overland Monthly --
Spanish-American War.
Series Title: California studies in critical human geography, 3.
Responsibility: Gray Brechin.
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This urban biography provides a different vision of San Francisco's history, laying bare the inner dynamics of the regional civilization. It examines the far-reaching environmental impact that one  Read more...

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