Reconsidering Regions in an Era of New Nationalism (Paperback)

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Reconsidering Regions in an Era of New Nationalism (Paperback)

By Alex Finkelstein (Editor), Anne F. Hyde (Editor)


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Regions connect and divide us even as global economies, weather, and germs batter us. Historians, literary scholars, and social scientists use region to ground and challenge ideas about national belonging. In Reconsidering Regions in an Era of New Nationalism Alexander Finkelstein and Anne F. Hyde have assembled leading scholars of regionalism to discuss the relationship of region to nation.

The contributors explore how historical forces have changed regional associations and how regional associations have changed culture and history. The themes of culture, space, and institutions organize this volume: contributors historicize how race and racial thinking have evolved as a major force to define region and nation over time; the essays raise questions about the stability and validity of “canonical regions” in U.S. history to find new complexity in how these blocs form and how they understand themselves; and they focus on historicist and conjunctural trends and how institutions and ordinary people shape regional identities through politics and cultural change throughout history. Challenging ideas about both national belonging and local association, the contributors emphasize how regional analysis deepens understanding of migration, race, borders, infrastructure, climate, and Native sovereignty.
Alexander Finkelstein teaches at Western Colorado University. He has published articles with the Journal of Gilded Age and Progressive Era and Southern California Quarterly. Anne F. Hyde teaches at the University of Oklahoma. She is the author of Empires, Nations, and Families: A New History of the North American West, 1800–1860 (Nebraska, 2011), winner of the Bancroft Prize in American History and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History.

Product Details ISBN: 9781496237323
ISBN-10: 1496237323
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2023
Pages: 318
Language: English
“The meaning and significance of region and regionalism is momentous in these times of factionalism; this investigation gives us new insights into regionalism and its importance, and it does so with some especially innovative approaches and prisms. . . . This volume is distinguished by the uniform strength of the research and source bases for each piece.”—William F. Deverell, director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West