Publication date:

13 September 2001

Length of book:

480 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9780742500181

This classic text retains the superb scholarship of the first edition in a thoroughly revised and accessibly written new edition. With both new and updated essays by distinguished American and Canadian authors, the book provides a comprehensive historical overview of the formation and growth of North American regions from European exploration and colonization to the second half of the twentieth century. Collectively the contributors explore the key themes of acquisition of geographical knowledge, cultural transfer and acculturation, frontier expansion, spatial organization of society, resource exploitation, regional and national integration, and landscape change. With six new chapters, redrawn maps, a new introduction that explores scholarly trends in historical geography since publication of the first edition, and a new final chapter guiding students to the basic sources for historical geographic enquiry, North America will be an indispensable text in historical geography courses.
Enlightening and frequently eye-opening. . . . This book demonstrates the vital role North American places played in shaping historical forces. Professors may profit significantly by carefully considering the lessons contained within the fine syntheses contained here.