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Author Morrissey, Katherine G

Title Mental territories : mapping the Inland Empire / Katherine G. Morrissey
Published Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1997


Description 1 online resource (ix, 220 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Introduction: Mental Territories -- Inset: "Spokane" -- Ch. 1. Mapping the Inland Empire -- Inset: Reservations about Empire -- Ch. 2. Coeur d'Alene Fences and Walls -- Ch. 3. Coeur d'Alene Mining Debates -- Inset: Empire Building -- Ch. 4. Expansion and Promotion -- Ch. 5. Outsiders in the Palouse -- Conclusion: Ghost Region
Summary Rarely recognized outside its boundaries today, the Pacific Northwest region known at the turn of the century as the Inland Empire included portions of the states of Washington and Idaho, as well as British Columbia. Katherine G. Morrissey traces the history of this self-proclaimed region from its origins through its heyday. In doing so, she challenges the characterization of regions as fixed places defined by their geography, economy, and demographics. Regions, she argues, are best understood as mental constructs, internally defined through conflicts and debates among different groups of people seeking to control a particular area's identity and direction. Applying the theoretical works of cultural studies to historical questions, Morrissey interprets the words and actions of railroad magnates, gravediggers, Indians on reservations, promoters, women homesteaders, union organizers, civil leaders, government agents, novelists, farmers, and investors. In the discourses about who belonged and who did not belong to defined communities or regions, residents participated in important representational struggles that had and continue to have significant material consequences
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-211) and index
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Subject Regionalism -- Inland Empire (Pacific Northwest)
Regionalism -- Washington (State) -- Spokane Region
Human geography -- Inland Empire (Pacific Northwest)
Human geography -- Washington (State) -- Spokane Region
Culture conflict -- Inland Empire (Pacific Northwest) -- History
Culture conflict -- Washington (State) -- Spokane Region -- History
HISTORY -- Canada -- Pre-Confederation (to 1867)
Culture conflict
Historical geography
Human geography
Psychological aspects
Géographie humaine -- États-Unis (nord-ouest)
SUBJECT Inland Empire (Pacific Northwest) -- Historical geography
Inland Empire (Pacific Northwest) -- History -- Psychological aspects
Spokane Region (Wash.) -- Historical geography
Spokane Region (Wash.) -- History -- Psychological aspects
Subject United States -- Inland Empire
Washington (State) -- Spokane Region
États-Unis (nord-ouest) -- Géographie historique.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781501728990