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Bombs In The Backyard

Author: A. Costandina Titus
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874173703
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On January 27, 1951, the first atomic weapon was detonated over a section of desert known as Frenchman Flat in southern Nevada, providing dramatic evidence of the Nevada Test Site's beginnings. Fifty years later, author A. Costandina Titus reviews contemporary nuclear policy issues concerning the continued viability of that site for weapons testing. Titus has updated her now-classic study of atomic testing with fifteen years of political and cultural history, from the mid-1980s Reagan-Gorbachev nuclear standoff to the authorization of the Nevada Test Site Research Center, a Desert Research Institute facility scheduled to open in 2001. In this second edition of Bombs in the Backyard, Titus deftly covers the post-Cold War transformation of American atomic policy as well as our overarching cultural interest in all matters atomic, making this a must-read for anyone interested in atomic policy and politics.

A Garden Of Bristlecones

Author: Michael P. Cohen
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874172966
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An engaging, well-illustrated natural and cultural history of the oldest living organism: the bristlecone pine.Since Edmund Schulman discovered in 1958 that individual bristlecones live nearly 5,000 years, the trees have been investigated for the elaborate record their rings contain. They have been "read" closely, with major consequences for the records of natural and human history. Historians have read local and global environmental change. Archaeologists have rewritten the history of civilization. Writers have transformed the trees into figures pertinent to the human dilemmas of time and eternity. A Garden of Bristlecones investigates professional, popular, and artistic conceptions as a set of narratives drawn from the outside and from the inside of the trees. It reveals the premises of the investigators, the nature of their inquiry, and the extent of their knowledge, while also revealing the bristlecone pine itself. "This is a most impressive, groundbreaking work. Cohen's research is extensive and his perspective genuinely 'trandisciplinary.' ... The book is about people as much as it is about trees. It is about the way that culture influences our view of nature - the questions we pose to nature, the observations we make of nature, and the uses to which our observations are put. The bristlecone becomes a site where interests collide, where language is contested, and where reality and history are rewritten." - Cheryll Glotfelty, co-editor of The Ecocriticism Reader"In Cohen's ambitious endeavor, changes in the way bristlecone pine has been regarded during the last 150 years are a reflection of the changing view that Americans held of the West as it was explored, pioneered, exploited, and then protected. As scientists we have not only a responsibility, but perhaps even a moral obligation to convey the understandings that we glean from science to society as a whole. Yet it is Cohen who fulfills the role - the transfer of technology - that scientists seldom do." - Peter Wigand, Desert Research Insitute

The Last Resort

Author: John Dombrink
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874171402
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An examination of the ten majorcampaigns to legalize casino gambling in America"

The Peoples Of Las Vegas

Author: Jerry L. Simich
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874176162
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Las Vegas is known the world over as an oasis of entertainment in the Nevada desert, but to more than a million people of exceptionally varied origins, it is also home. Yet this city is rarely mentioned in studies of ethnicity or immigration, and the rich diversity of its population is largely invisible to Las Vegans and visitors alike. Such ignorance can be partly explained by the effects of the city's rapid growth. Las Vegas largely lacks traditional ethnic neighborhoods, and the restaurants and markets that cater to its diverse population groups are mostly hidden away in anonymous strip malls. Nonetheless, a remarkable variety of nationalities and ethnic groups has been drawn here since the city's beginnings in 1905, and today Las Vegas's vital service industry, entrepreneurial opportunities, reasonable cost of living, and appeal as a retirement center attract many more. Recent world events and international currents of immigration have only enhanced this diversity. In The Peoples of Las Vegas, seventeen scholars profile thirteen of the ethnic groups that make up their city's population. kaleidoscope of ethnicity that helps define Las Vegas today and analyzes the economic and social conditions that make Las Vegas so attractive to recent immigrants. The individual contributors--most of whom are members of the groups they write about, and who come from a broad array of disciplines--discuss the motivations and processes of their group's migration to Las Vegas, economic pursuits, institutions and other means of preserving and transmitting their culture, involvement with the broader community, ties with their homelands, and recent demographic trends affecting each group. This collection of essays provides a provocative look into the vibrant ethnic life that lies just beneath the glittering surface of one of America's most unusual cities.

Equal To The Occasion

Author: Sherilyn Cox Bennion
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874171631
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The lives, publications, and historical contexts of thirty-five female editors of newspapers and periodicals in the 19th-century West, from 1854, when the West's first woman editor began her work, through the turn of the century. With its in-depth portraits of pioneering women editors and its appendix listing more than two hundred women and the major repositories where their extant publications are kept, the book draws a large group of 19th-century western women out of historical obscurity. Neveda Studies in History and Political Science.

Reinventing The System

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Since 1968, higher education in Nevada has undergone radical transformation because of the state's phenomenal population growth, efforts to diversify its economic base, and political tensions between north and south. In this meticulously researched and engagingly written account of the University and Community College System of Nevada, James W. Hulse reviews the causes of the widespread changes in the System, giving careful attention to the history of each institution and its administrators, and offers comments about the impact of each of these changes on the System overall. Few states - and few systems of higher education - have changed so radically in the past three decades. The UCCSN therefore serves as a kind of microcosm of debates about higher education around the country. Hulse's account demonstrates the way the needs of a changing population and economy can impact an educational system; the involvement of politicians striving to meet the needs and expectations of their constituents; and the influence of national trends in education on a state system. He discusses the crucial role of the Board of Regents in administering the UCCSN - Nevada being the only state in the Union w