Synopses & Reviews
Hailed as a model state history thanks to Thomas E. Sheridan's thoughtful analysis and lively interpretation of the people and events shaping the Grand Canyon State, Arizona has become a standard in the field. Now, just in time for Arizona's centennial, Sheridan has revised and expanded this already top-tier state history to incorporate events and changes that have taken place in recent years. Addressing contemporary issues like land use, water rights, dramatic population increases, suburban sprawl, and the US-Mexico border, the new material makes the book more essential than ever. It successfully places the forty-eighth state's history within the context of national and global events. No other book on Arizona history is as integrative or comprehensive.
From stone spear points more than 10,000 years old to the boom and bust of the housing market in the first decade of this century, Arizona: A History explores the ways in which Native Americans, Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, and Anglos have inhabited and exploited Arizona. Sheridan, a life-long resident of the state, puts forth new ideas about what a history should be, embracing a holistic view of the region and shattering the artificial line between prehistory and history. Other works on Arizona's history focus on government, business, or natural resources, but this is the only book to meld the ethnic and cultural complexities of the state's history into the main flow of the story.
A must read for anyone interested in Arizona's past or present, this extensive revision of the classic work will appeal to students, scholars, and general readers alike.
"The most modern survey of Arizona history to date." —Journal of the West
"He has created the most passionate, multifaceted, modern history of the Grand Canyon state."—Western Historical Quarterly
"In this well-written and innovative study, Sheridan (curator at the Arizona State Museum) links the history of a single southwestern state to larger national and international events that have affected its development. . . . Recommended."—Choice
"Surely among the panoply of state histories, this one stands among those at the very top. You'll enjoy reading it whether you're an Arizonan or not." —Southwestern Mission Research Center
About the Author
Thomas E. Sheridan is a research anthropologist at the Southwest Center and a professor at the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. He is the author of twelve books including Los Tucsonenses: The Mexican Community of Tucson, 1854-1941, and Landscapes of Fraud: Mission Tumacacori, the Baca Float, and the Betrayal of the Oandrsquo;odham, both published by the University of Arizona Press.