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California

Author: Kevin Starr
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 081297753X
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A definitive, single-volume history of the Golden State ranges from the earliest Native American cultures, through the Spanish and Mexican eras, the Gold Rush, and rise of Hollywood, to the twenty-first century, chronicling the events, places, and personalities that have shaped California. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Coast Of Dreams

Author: Kevin Starr
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307795268
Size: 13.38 MB
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In this extraordinary book, Kevin Starr–widely acknowledged as the premier historian of California, the scope of whose scholarship the Atlantic Monthly has called “breathtaking”–probes the possible collapse of the California dream in the years 1990—2003. In a series of compelling chapters, Coast of Dreams moves through a variety of topics that show the California of the last decade, when the state was sometimes stumbling, sometimes humbled, but, more often, flourishing with its usual panache. From gang violence in Los Angeles to the spectacular rise–and equally spectacular fall–of Silicon Valley, from the Northridge earthquake to the recall of Governor Gray Davis, Starr ranges over myriad facts, anecdotes, news stories, personal impressions, and analyses to explore a time of unprecedented upheaval in California. Coast of Dreams describes an exceptional diversity of people, cultures, and values; an economy that mirrors the economic state of the nation; a battlefield where industry and the necessities of infrastructure collide with the inherent demands of a unique and stunning natural environment. It explores California politics (including Arnold Schwarzenegger’s election in the 2003 recall), the multifaceted business landscape, and controversial icons such as O. J. Simpson. “Historians of the future,” Starr writes, “will be able to see with more certainty whether or not the period 1990-2003 was not only the end of one California but the beginning of another”; in the meantime, he gives a picture of the place and time in a book at once sweeping and riveting in its details, deeply informed, engagingly personal, and altogether fascinating. From the Hardcover edition.

California

Author: Andrew Rolle
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118701143
Size: 74.19 MB
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The eighth edition of California: A History covers the entire scope of the history of the Golden State, from before first contact with Europeans through the present; an accessible and compelling narrative that comprises the stories of the many diverse peoples who have called, and currently do call, California home. Explores the latest developments relating to California’s immigration, energy, environment, and transportation concerns Features concise chapters and a narrative approach along with numerous maps, photographs, and new graphic features to facilitate student comprehension Offers illuminating insights into the significant events and people that shaped the lengthy and complex history of a state that has become synonymous with the American dream Includes discussion of recent – and uniquely Californian – social trends connecting Hollywood, social media, and Silicon Valley – and most recently "Silicon Beach"

Embattled Dreams

Author: Kevin Starr
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195168976
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This volume deals with the years of World War II and after. In the 1940s California changed from a regional centre into the dominant economic, social and cultural force it has been in America ever since.

Major Problems In California History

Author: Sucheng Chan
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
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This volume compiles carefully selected documents and essays to illuminate the most important controversies in the history of California from the precontact period to the present.

Rulers And Rebels

Author: Laurence H. Shoup
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781450255912
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The ruling class in early California tried to maintain power with an iron grip, but it faced plenty of rebellions from disenfranchised groups seeking some clout of their own.Take a trip back in time to the state's earliest years and discover the untold history of the working poor, blacks, immigrants, Native Americans, and other groups who sought to assert their human rights. Their numerous organized and unorganized rebellions, demonstrations, and boycotts altered history and taught valuable lessons that continue to be significant today.Historian Laurence H. Shoup relies on primary documents and historical resources to prove human rights become real and alive when people engage in direct action. Examining the Gold Rush, the rise of industrial capitalism, the onset of the Civil War and other important events that led to conflict between different groups, "Rulers and Rebels" explores how the rebels of early California paved the way for democracy. Shoup continues a tradition of historical, nonfiction storytelling with a book that explores the different viewpoints and actions of California's "Rulers and Rebels."

The Romantic Revolution

Author: Tim Blanning
Publisher: Modern Library
ISBN: 0679605002
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“A splendidly pithy and provocative introduction to the culture of Romanticism.”—The Sunday Times “[Tim Blanning is] in a particularly good position to speak of the arrival of Romanticism on the Euorpean scene, and he does so with a verve, a breadth, and an authority that exceed every expectation.”—National Review From the preeminent historian of Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries comes a superb, concise account of a cultural upheaval that still shapes sensibilities today. A rebellion against the rationality of the Enlightenment, Romanticism was a profound shift in expression that altered the arts and ushered in modernity, even as it championed a return to the intuitive and the primitive. Tim Blanning describes its beginnings in Rousseau’s novel La Nouvelle Héloïse, which placed the artistic creator at the center of aesthetic activity, and reveals how Goethe, Goya, Berlioz, and others began experimenting with themes of artistic madness, the role of sex as a psychological force, and the use of dreamlike imagery. Whether unearthing the origins of “sex appeal” or the celebration of accessible storytelling, The Romantic Revolution is a bold and brilliant introduction to an essential time whose influence would far outlast its age. “Anyone with an interest in cultural history will revel in the book’s range and insights. Specialists will savor the anecdotes, casual readers will enjoy the introduction to rich and exciting material. Brilliant artistic output during a time of transformative upheaval never gets old, and this book shows us why.”—The Washington Times “It’s a pleasure to read a relatively concise piece of scholarship of so high a caliber, especially expressed as well as in this fine book.”—Library Journal

Peoples And Empires

Author: Anthony Pagden
Publisher: Modern Library
ISBN: 0307431592
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Written by one of the world’s foremost historians of human migration, Peoples and Empires is the story of the great European empires—the Roman, the Spanish, the French, the British—and their colonies, and the back-and-forth between “us” and “them,” culture and nature, civilization and barbarism, the center and the periphery. It’s the history of how conquerors justified conquest, and how colonists and the colonized changed each other beyond all recognition. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Americans And The California Dream 1850 1915

Author: Kevin Starr
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199923256
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Examining California's formative years, this innovative study seeks to discover the origins of the California dream and the social, psychological, and symbolic impact it has had not only on Californians but also on the rest of the country.