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Frontiers of Historical Imagination: Narrating the European Conquest of Native America, 1890-1990

Kerwin Lee Klein

Abstract

The American frontier, a potent symbol since Europeans first stepped ashore on North America, serves as the touchstone for this book's analysis of the narrating of history. The book explores the traditions through which historians, philosophers, anthropologists, and literary critics have understood the story of America's origin and the way those understandings have shaped and been shaped by changing conceptions of history. The American West was once the frontier space where migrating Europe collided with Native America, where the historical civilizations of the Old World met the nonhistorical ... More

Keywords: American frontier, North America, America's origin, American West, Old World, New World, historical imagination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780520204638
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520204638.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kerwin Lee Klein, author