California: An Interpretive History

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The best selling text in California History today, James Rawls’ comprehensive, interpretive approach has engaged professors and students in discussion and analysis of the most populous and economically powerful state in the U.S. for over 25 years.

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General Updating'Rawls takes great strides to incorporate recent historical changes and make his text the most up-to-date text in the field. This edition has new coverage of the current status of the state's ethnic minorities, contemporary California culture, recent political events and personalities, environmental and energy issues, contemporary California economy, and women's history.
Comprehensive'The text chronicles not just the political history of the state, but also demonstrates the importance of social, economic, and cultural developments. Each period of the state's history is treated comprehensively, with a cluster of chapters surveying the various aspects of a particular period.
Balance of Narration and Interpretation'The text contains a full and detailed narrative of California history, allowing instructors to develop their lectures without having to repeat the basic flow of events.
Pedagogy'The text contains chapter openers, photographs, illustrations, bibliographies, and political cartoons.

About the Author:

James J. Rawls, an instructor of history at Diablo Valley College, received his B.A. in history from Stanford University. He was awarded an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, completing his doctoral dissertation under the guidance of Walton Bean. Dr. Rawls also has taught California history as a visiting associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He serves as the Reviews Editor of California History, the journal of the California Historical Society. He is the author of Indians of California: The Changing Image and Chief Red Fox is Dead: A History of Native Americans since 1945, coauthor of Land of Liberty: A United States History and California: Adventures in Time and Space, editor of New Directions in California History: A Book of Readings and California History: Teaching with Primary Sources, and coeditor of A Golden State: Mining and Economic Development in Gold Rush California and California: A Place, A People, A Dream. His articles and reviews have appeared in such publications as Journal of American History, Pacific Historical Review, and American Indian Quarterly.

The late Walton Bean was, for more than 35 years, a member of the University of California, Berkeley, faculty, where he taught undergraduate courses in California history and graduate courses in California and twentieth-century United States history. His highly acclaimed book, Boss Ruef’s San Francisco, won the Commonwealth Club of California’s gold medal and the annual prize of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. Dr. Bean also served as Asia Foundation Professor of American History at the University of Karachi from 1956 to 1958. He received his A.B. and M.A. from the University of Southern California and was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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