"The Shaping of America Volume 2;  Continental America, 1800-1867" by D. W. Meinig

The Shaping of America Volume 2; Continental America, 1800-1867 D. W. Meinig

Series:
The Shaping of America
Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
01 May 1995
ISBN:
9780300062908
Dimensions:
656 pages: 254 x 178 x 41mm
Illustrations:
86 b&w illustrations

Between 1800 and 1867 America experienced a dramatic expansion in territory, population, economy and political tension that culminated in the Civil War. In this volume the author offers an interpretation of the American past by bringing a different geographical perspective to this period.

"A monumental achievement. Meinig's book is a distinctive, highly personal, and brilliant interpretation of continental expansion."ÑCarville Earle, Louisiana State University

"A rich, dazzling, indispensable reinterpretation of an expanding America, with a panoramic view that embraces all of its regions and all of its peoples."ÑDavid Weber, author of The Spanish Frontier in North America

"Meinig has done it again. He manages to traverse terrain familiar to others and see it entirely freshly. Perhaps it's because he refuses to be trapped by the conventional ideas of any of the four or five academic disciplines which he has mastered in order to do his work. He has a mind impatient with the unconsidered, a style at once beguiling and convincing, and a seriousness of intention expressed cheerfully. This is a very good book."ÑRoger G. Kennedy, director of the National Museum of American History

"With one well-received volume already behind him, the brush strokes on this great canvas he has chosen to paint have only grown bolder and more confident. . . . Meinig has undertaken more than a geographer's task of interpreting history; he has recast the familiar time and place of historical events into a geographical framework that offers a truly new perspective on the present as well as the past."ÑJohn C. Hudson, Annals of Iowa

"A monumental, masterful synthesis which will surely come to be seen as one of the most distinguished achievements of North American historical geographyÑindeed, of North American geography and of historical geography internationallyÑin the twentieth century."ÑAlan R. H. Baker, Annals of the Association of American Geographers

"This book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the making of America. . . . It has a coherence which multiple-authored works like the admirable collection of essays by R.D. Mitchell and P.A. Groves (1987) could not reasonably be expected to have."ÑAlan R.H. Baker, Annals of the Association of American Geographers

"In this magisterial and superbly readable book one of the premier historical geographers at work today examines the ways in which the United States marched to the Pacific despite opposition from Britain, Spain, Canada and hundreds of indigenous peoples. There are sections on the U.S. acquisition of Louisiana, Texas and Spanish Florida."ÑBooks of the Southwest

"The project is remarkable for several characteristics in addition to its large scale. Meinig continually impresses with his ability to integrate narrative. Also impressive is the way in which he manages to occupy a middle ground within both political persuasions and intellectual traditions, achieving a remarkably even balance without for a moment seeming bland. His treatment of imperialism (a major theme) benefits particularly from this deftness, and he tackles issues involving Native peoples head on (one section is entitled 'Shoving the Indians Out of the Way') but avoids polemic."ÑCanadian Historical Review

"Meinig presents a disciplinary perspective combine with a masterful narrative of the principal issues and themes in America's transcontinental expansion."ÑReginald C. Stuart, Canadian Journal of History

"An engaging, visual interpretation of the historical geography of North America in a period of continental realization. . . . A joy to read and savour. Meinig has mastered the art of weaving rich detail through a work of enormous scope. . . . Continental America is another superb achievement in an emerging series which promises to revise and revitalize our perspectives on the history of the United States."ÑVictor Konrad, Canadian Review of American Studies

"A very readable interpretation of American history. . . . A grandly conceived and executed work."ÑChoice

"Fascinating reading. . . . A most impressive piece of work showing great depth of scholarship. . . . Meinig has continued his impressive writing and research in this work and given those interested in the historical geography of America a most valuable two volumes both to read and to keep as a source of future reading and thought."ÑJohn F. Davis, Geographical Journal

"Continental America, 1800-1867, unravels the complex tapestry of events that expanded and organized the contents of American space. The topic is geographical development of nation and nationalism in a broad and thoughtful perspective. Meinig writes of the passions, perceptions, and ideologies that shaped the events that geographies. . . . The prodigious breadth and remarkable depth of analysis and understanding, exactly what scholars would expect from this preeminent interpreter of the American geographical past, demand acknowledgment. The prose is, as always, thoughtful and engaging, and cogent arguments stand well."ÑJoseph S. Wood, Geographical Review

"Perhaps the magnum opus of a distinguished career. . . . D.W. Meinig has given us a comprehensive and panoramic geographic reassessment of 'America's' dramatic history. Rich in subject and texture, Continental America will become a modern classic."ÑJohn C. Kendall, History

"[A] wonderful synthesis and thorough analysis. . . . Expands Meinig's already secure reputation and, by association, enhances that of historical geography."ÑGregory S. Rose, Indiana Magazine of History

"The Shaping of America series is evolving into a modern-day classic in American historical geography. . . . Volumes 1 and 2 are musts for those interested in American historical geography and for historians seeking to expand their geographic understanding and perspective of large-scale historical trends. . . . The reader is in for a wonderful trip. . . . These volumes are certainly worth an examination for all those looking for a geopolitical perspective of American history."ÑKenneth C. Martis, Journal of American History

"The Shaping of America will stand for generations as a research and publishing milestone. Its scope is simply breathtaking. . . . There can be no doubt about the superb and sustained scholarship exhibited by The Shaping of America. It is a truly astonishing achievement. . . . Meinig's project is simply stunning in its ambition as well as outstanding in its achievement. Its scope and its completion mark it as one of the most remarkable products of North American geography during the twentieth century."ÑAlan R.H.Baker, Journal of Historical Geography

"Continental America, 1800-1867 is an impressive volume, breath-taking in its scope, and exciting and challenging in the variety of its insights and new perspectives."ÑAllan D. Bogue, Journal of Historical Geography

"One of modern geography's most substantial achievements. . . . The project, taken as a whole and at face value, evokes the same sort of awe as (and many of the superlatives used to describe) the Grand Canyon. . . . The resulting volumes are notable feats of condensation, integration and interpretation. Each rests upon prodigious reading and the intelligent assimilation of arguments new and old advanced by scholars from a number of disciplines. In every volume, indeed it is no exaggeration to say on every page of every volume, Meinig writes with skill and care. . . . There can be no doubt that it is a remarkable achievement, one of the great accomplishments of twentieth century American geography. Meinig can only be admired for the scope of this ambitious project and the consummate skill and dogged resolve with which he brought it to fruition. He has painted a coherent and often compelling picture on a canvas far larger than most geographers have thought to address and which hardly any seem likely to engage in the future."ÑGraeme Wynn, Journal of Historical Geography

"Anyone who has taught the 'fr