Finding a New Midwestern History (Hardback)
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Finding a New Midwestern History (Hardback)

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Hardback 396 Pages / Published: 01/11/2018
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In comparison to such regions as the South, the far West, and New England, the Midwest and its culture have been neglected both by scholars and by the popular press. Historians as well as literary and art critics tend not to examine the Midwest in depth in their academic work. And in the popular imagination, the Midwest has never ascended to the level of the proud, literary South; the cultured, democratic Northeast; or the hip, innovative West Coast.

Finding a New Midwestern History revives and identifies anew the Midwest as a field of study by promoting a diversity of viewpoints and lending legitimacy to a more in-depth, rigorous scholarly assessment of a large region of the United States that has largely been overlooked by scholars. The essays discuss facets of midwestern life worth examining more deeply, including history, religion, geography, art, race, culture, and politics, and are written by well-known scholars in the field such as Michael Allen, Jon Butler, and Nicole Etcheson.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9781496201829
Number of pages: 396
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"In 2015, a group of historians met in Michigan to reinvigorate the study of midwestern history. The result of the meeting was a series of essays published in this engaging volume. Individual essays cover virtually every imaginable topic of the history of the American Midwest. . . . This book could be assigned in advanced undergraduate courses, and any faculty or academic staff whose teaching even remotely deals with the Midwest should read this book."-J. Shelton, Choice -- J. Shelton * Choice *
"Engaging, provocative, and cogently argued. . . . This collection provides an insightful, perceptive, smart regional consciousness. This book will make its mark as an important contribution to the intellectual history of the Midwest as well as to the historiography of the region."-R. Douglas Hurt, professor of history at Purdue University and author of The Big Empty: The Great Plains in the Twentieth Century -- R. Douglas Hurt
"Together the essays offer multiple ways of defining, identifying, understanding, and grappling with the Midwest and its history. They pose crucial questions and suggest some important conversations for the field."-Annette Atkins, Missouri Historical Review -- Annette Atkins * Missouri Historical Review *
"Finding a New Midwestern History aims to invigorate the field of midwestern history, and its collection of essays succeeds at providing an expansive overview of potential areas of study."-Rachel Boyle, Nebraska History -- Rachel Boyle * Nebraska History *
"Collectively, the book's contributors illuminate the richness and complexity of the field, and they articulate why the Midwest deserves consideration anew in both scholarly research and the popular imagination."-Elizabeth Grennan Browning, Michigan Historical Review -- Elizabeth Grennan Browning * Michigan Historical Review *
"This new book reflects the laudable strengthening of Midwestern academic studies in recent years and is another important contribution to Midwestern studies by the University of Nebraska Press."-Omaha World-Herald * Omaha World-Herald *
"The result isn't comprehensive (even ten such volumes couldn't claim to be), but the menu is richly varied. . . There is no single 'Midwest,' of course, but projects such as this . . . offer a much-needed alternative to disdain and cheerleading alike."-John Wilson, First Things
* First Things *
"This engaging collection of essays examines midwestern history from a wide variety of perspectives, offering valuable insights into the region."-William C. Barnett, Annals of Iowa -- William C. Barnett * Annals of Iowa *
"This is a valuable contribution to a reenergized field of study. Students of midwestern history will need to be familiar with it, and the region's academic and public libraries will want to add it to their collections."-Robert G. Barrows, Indiana Magazine of History -- Robert G. Barrows * Indiana Magazine of History *
"Finding a New American History [is] a valiant effort . . . like the area it treats, it's unexpected, intensely satisfying, and full of riches."-Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Review -- Steve Donoghue * Open Letters Review *
"Finding a New Midwestern History provides convincing proof that the Midwest requires serious scholarly engagement. The twenty-one essays reveal a region bursting with unexplored questions about its past. . . . These essays serve as a first step by providing modes to inquire into the complex narratives that these authors illuminate. It promises to be electrifying work."-Sara Egge, Agricultural History

* Agricultural History *
"The editors and authors deliver a rewarding excursion into a new field. Readers interested in the Midwest will come away with a greatly enriched appreciation for the region."-Jonathan Kasparek, kirkcenter.org -- Jonathan Kasparek * kirkcenter.org *
"This new edited collection stands as an important guidepost for some of the more recent trends and issues in the new midwestern history. It is a superb collection on an important topic. It is a unique contribution to the rebirth of midwestern history."-Gregory Schneider, professor of history at Emporia State University and author of Rock Island Requiem: The Collapse of a Mighty Fine Line -- Gregory Schneider
"[The editors and contributors] have made a strong case for revisiting midwestern regionalism. . . . The book is written in clear, precise, lively, and often evocative prose."-Michael Allen, professor of history at the University of Washington Tacoma -- Michael Allen

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