History of Idaho /
by Leonard J. Arrington.
Moscow [Idaho] : University of Idaho Press ; Boise : Idaho State Historical Society, 1994.
2 v. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
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Moscow [Idaho] : University of Idaho Press ; Boise : Idaho State Historical Society, 1994.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1994-06-01:
This handsomely bound two-volume boxed set is the result of action by the Idaho legislature to commission a state history for the state's centennial. In response, Arrington, a native Idahoan and an accomplished historian best known for Great Basin Kingdom (Harvard Univ. Pr., 1958; Univ. of Utah Pr., 1993. reprint), has produced a very substantial survey of the state's history. His first volume covers events up to World War I, while Volume 2 discusses the state's circumstances through the 20th century. Though this set is more extensive than Carlos Schwantes's In Mountain Shadows: A History of Idaho (Univ. of Nebraska Pr., 1991), Arrington takes a more traditional approach to writing history. He also has a tendency to give little coverage to recent unfavorable events in Idaho history; in particular, scant mention is made of white supremacists in the Hayden Lake region. As this book is geared to the general reader, there are few references to sources (though each chapter contains a good bibliographic essay of secondary sources) and the lack of a comprehensive index is a small annoyance. Still, this very readable and solid general history of the Gem State is recommended generally and is essential for all larger regional libraries.-Daniel Liestman, Seattle Pacific Univ. Lib.
Appeared in Choice on 1994-11:
Written by a Twin Falls native under legislative commission to commemorate the centennial in 1990 of Idaho's admission to the Union, these volumes replace previous multivolume histories, e.g., Bryon Defenbach's Idaho: The Place and Its People (3 v., 1933) and Merrill D. Beal and Merle W. Wells's History of Idaho (3 v., 1959). The work also updates two single-volume histories--Floyd R. Barber and Dan W. Martin's Idaho in the Pacific Northwest (1956) and F. Ross Peterson's Idaho, a Bicentennial History (CH, Apr'77)--and adds additional detail to Carlos Schwantes's In Mountain Shadows: A History of Idaho (1991). Arrington's book treats virtually all the topics one would expect in a longer history. Volume 1 includes chapters on geography and geology, Native Americans, explorers, fur traders, missionaries, migrants, mining, government, agriculture, Anglo American-Native American wars, and conflict and violence in the 1890s and 1900s. The second volume, on the period since WW I, provides information on cultural and social topics as well as on economics and politics. Though economic history predominates and this reviewer would have liked more about political conflict in the 20th century, this is solid, authoritative, and well-written history. All levels. T. G. Alexander; Brigham Young University
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