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Middle West: Its Meaning in American Culture (Paperback)
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Middle West: Its Meaning in American Culture (Paperback)

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Paperback 202 Pages / Published: 30/03/1989
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Shortridge defines the Middle West through a sense of place. He effectively integrates culture, climate, economy, and symbol.

Publisher: University Press of Kansas
ISBN: 9780700604753
Number of pages: 202
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 222 x 146 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Visualize the Middle West. What do you see? Amber waves of grain? America's Dairyland? Lake Wobegon? Shortridge, a cultural geographer, defines the Middle West through a sense of place. He writes in a lively style and effectively integrates culture, climate, economy, and symbol. This book should interest any Middle Westerner, even a transplanted one."--Milwaukee Journal

"This book is the most noteworthy treatment of the American Middle West produced to date by a geographer or, to the best of my knowledge, by any other breed of scholar. . . . [It is] required reading not only for persons with a certain regional predisposition but also for anyone wrestling with the deeper mysteries of American culture as a whole."--Geographical Review

"The Midwest . . . is a common but elusive regional label. Moreover, as James Shortridge demonstrates in this excellent book, it is a concept with a fascinating history and a controversial, provocative present existence. . . . Readers interested in virtually any aspect of the Midwest-popular culture, intellectual, cultural, and social history, American Studies and literature, sociology, economics-are likely to find something here to pique approval or argument. . . . This book is extremely stimulating. The topic itself was an inspiration."--Midwest Review

"The Middle West is not just a place, it's an idea--a necessary fiction for the American psyche. Shortridge offers a unique and fascinating look at its meaning, essence, and character."--Wichita Eagle

"Absorbing, . . . lucid, imaginative, and evocative."--Annals of Iowa

"Informative and entertaining. . . . A valuable contribution to the literature of American regionalism."--Nebraska History

"All readers should find much in this book to enjoy. . . . Its nontraditional approach will be of continuing interest to scholars who are seeking a fresh look at regional exposition."--Gateway Heritage, Missouri Historical Society


"There is nothing like this book in print . . . nor anyone as capable of doing as good a job as Shortridge."--Peirce Lewis, author of New Orleans: The Making of an Urban Landscape

"I put this book down thoroughly delighted. Any way you slice it, this is a swell theme, and Shortridge does a highly satisfying job."--James R. Parsons, University of California, Berkeley, past president of the Association of American Geographers

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