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- DescriptionThis 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 kwn, 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 ecomics 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.
- Author BiographyOne 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.
- Author(s)Walter Prescott Webb
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication01/06/1981
- SubjectLocal History, Names & Genealogy
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content NoteMaps
- Weight576 g
- Width3404 mm
- Height5182 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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