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The Pacific Northwest: An Interpretive History (Revised and Enlarged Edition)

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Carlos Arnaldo Schwantes has revised and expanded the entire work, which is still the most comprehensive and balanced history of the region. This edition contains significant additional material on early mining in the Pacific Northwest, sea routes to Oregon in the early discovery and contact period, the environment of the region, the impact of the Klondike gold rush, and p ...more
Paperback, 570 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by University of Nebraska Press (first published May 1st 1989)
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Aug 23, 2007 Cat rated it liked it
Recommends it for: visitors to the pacific northwest
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Bought in Portland, read it during my week long visit to the Northwest. As a resident of California who has visited Washington (Seattle), Oregon (Portland, Bend) and Idaho (Boise, Sun Valley), I decided to get this book because it treats the three states as a region. I figured it would be more efficient then reading seperate histories of the three states. I wasn't dissapointed.

Schwanter does a good job differentiating the three states while at the same time making the case for the area's treatm
Feb 26, 2009 Liz rated it it was ok
Fairly interesting, considering it's written as a textbook. I'm more than a little disappointed in some generalizations and assumptions that the author has made, such as the remark about how families moved to Oregon, and single, uneducated men went to California for the gold rush (see Brian Roberts' "American Alchemy"). And more than once Schwantes seems so enchanted with the land and in love with the Pacific Northwest that he can't detach himself from his own awe.

I would definitely suggest that
Jun 01, 2014 Adam rated it really liked it
great historical primer but shouldn't be a stand alone text. not enough about the people and place.
Feb 12, 2014 Jingle rated it liked it
This is a good book for those who want an overview of the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Idaho, Washington).
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Jul 20, 2015 Heidi Ennis rated it really liked it
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Pretty well put together book of Pacific Northwest History. Four stars because I felt that Native history was lacking. But overall, well done. I will be using this while teaching Washington State History next year.
Anna Carlin
Feb 02, 2016 Anna Carlin rated it really liked it
A concise, if non-intersectional, approach to the history of the NW. Explains with a good amount of detail and is a great jumping-off point for further study and research.
Feb 02, 2015 Tony rated it really liked it
easy to read and quite approachable, this book offers a general history of the Pacific Northwest that isn't bogged down by overly detailed accounts. A great book for general history of the region - mostly specific to WA, OR, and ID - which has some of the more interesting historical stories of the NW.
Mar 10, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
Well written as a general overview of PNW (WA,OR,ID) history, seems very comprehensive. Has a few spotlights on specific people and those are more in-depth and enjoyable.
Michelle Bouchor
Jun 11, 2008 Michelle Bouchor rated it it was amazing
I read this one for school. Even though I grew up in the Pacific NW, it's really facinating to find out where it all started.
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I am reading this slowly and surely to get to know the area a bit.
Mar 17, 2012 Tracy rated it liked it
Great overall history of the PNW
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Read this for a class at WSU.
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