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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 faultand#8212;comparable to a geological faultand#8212;at which "practically every institution that was carried across it was either broken and remade or else greatly altered."

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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 fault— comparable to a geological fault— at which practically every institution that was carried across it was either broken and remade or else greatly altered.

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One of the unquestionably major historians of the American West, Walter Prescott Webb taught at London University, Oxford, and the University of Texas. He was the author of a number of highly provocative books, including The Great Frontier and this, his most famous study, The Great Plains.

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ISBN:
9780803297029
Author:
Webb, Walter Prescott
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Great plains
Subject:
Mississippi river valley
Subject:
Mississippi River Valley History.
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Great Plains History.
Subject:
Americana-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
8577
Publication Date:
19591231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Maps
Pages:
525
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 1.25 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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 fault— comparable to a geological fault— at which practically every institution that was carried across it was either broken and remade or else greatly altered.
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