New PDF release: American Capitals: A Historical Geography (University of

By Christian Montès

ISBN-10: 022608048X

ISBN-13: 9780226080482

State capitals are an indelible a part of the yankee psyche, spatial representations of nation strength and nationwide id. studying them through middle is a ceremony of passage in grade institution, a pedagogical workout that emphasizes the significance of committing place-names to reminiscence. yet geographers haven't begun to research nation capitals in any intensity. In American Capitals, Christian Montès takes us on a well-researched trip throughout America—from Augusta to Sacramento, Albany to Baton Rouge—shedding mild alongside the way in which at the ancient conditions that ended in their appointment, their luck or failure, and their evolution over time.


While all nation capitals have a couple of features in common—as symbols of the nation, as embodiments of political strength and selection making, as public areas with deepest interests—Montès doesn't interpret them via a unmarried lens, largely end result of the transformations of their spatial and historic evolutionary styles. a few have remained small, whereas others have advanced into bustling metropolises, and Montès explores the dynamics of swap and development. All yet 11 nation capitals have been demonstrated within the 19th century, thirty-five sooner than 1861, yet, relatively astonishingly, in simple terms 8 of the fifty states have maintained their unique capitals. regardless of their respected prestige because the so much huge and historic towns in the United States, capitals come from unusually humble beginnings, usually tormented by instability, clash, hostility, and corruption. Montès reminds us of the interval within which they happened, “an period of pioneer and idealized territorial vision,” coupled with a still-evolving American citizenry and democracy.

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