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One West, Two Myths: A Comparative Reader


Edited by Carol Higham and Robert Thacker

$44.95 CAD / $44.95 USD

204 pages

6 x 9 inches

978-1-55238-135-9 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-424-4 (Institutional PDF)

June 2004

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About the Book

What comes to mind when we think of the Old West? Often, our conceptions are accompanied by as much mythology and mystique as fact or truth. What are the differences in how the Canadian and American Wests are perceived? Did they develop differently or are they just perceived differently? How do our conceptions influence our perceptions? This reader explores the problems, importance, and results of comparing the Canadian and American Wests, critically examining how we conceptualize the history and development of the West and how that influences our perceptions. This volume provides an excellent introduction to this burgeoning area of study as it endeavours to engage the imaginations of those who are new to the subject.

Carol L. Higham is a visiting assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Robert Thacker is professor of Canadian Studies at St. Lawrence University and the former editor of the American Review of Canadian Studies.

With Contributions By:  C.L. Higham, Elliott West, Donald Worster, Gerald Friesen, Beth LaDow, Michel Hogue, Sheila McManus, Molly P. Rozum, and Peter S. Morris

Praise for One West, Two Myths

A solid introduction to the comparative approach to historical study.

– Keith Thor Carlson, Great Plains Quaterly

A welcome addition to the literature.

– Andy Den Otter, The Canadian Historical Review

The strong continuity and the individual quality of the essays means that this volume adds meaningfully to our understanding of this important period in history. 

 – Doug Owram, The American Historical Review