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Beyond Texas Through Time

Breaking Away from Past Interpretations

Edited by Walter L. Buenger and Arnoldo De León

Publication Year: 2011

The studies in this book consider the topical and thematic understandings of Texas historiography embraced by a new generation of Texas historians as they reflect analytically on the work of the past two decades. Beyond Texas Through Time offers both a vantage point and a benchmark, serving as an important reference for scholars and advanced students of history and historiography, even beyond the borders of Texas.

Published by: Texas A&M University Press

title page

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pp. vii


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pp. ix

Editors’ Introduction

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pp. xi-xx

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Three Truths in Texas

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pp. 1-49

"Texas history still moves in a multilinear fashion. Indeed, over the twenty years since the writing and publishing of the essays in Texas Through Time: Evolving Interpretations (1991), the two interpretive streams so obvious then have grown to three truths about Texas, three evolving, sustained, and..."

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Into the Mainstream

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pp. 50-84

"At the turn of the 1980s, Native American history had entered a new era. Awakened by the Red Power movement of the 1960s and 1970s, inspired by the concurrent rise of social and subaltern histories, disillusioned by U.S. imperialism in Southeast Asia, and galvanized by the runaway success..."

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Strange Brew

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pp. 85-124

"An interesting blend of older and newer styles of scholarship epitomizes recent Texas political, economic, and military historiography. Early writers within these oldest subfields of Texas history typically employed a top-down approach, producing monographs depicting the lives and actions of elite white..."

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Why Is Big Tex Stilla White Cowboy?

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pp. 125-178

"In 1952 the symbol most associated with the annual Texas State Fair in Dallas made a memorable debut. That year, workers erected the fifty-twofoot-high cowboy 'Big Tex.' In a previous life the imposing figure served as a 'the world’s largest Santa Claus,' created to encourage Christmas shopping in..."

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Deconstructing Texas

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pp. 179-220

"The volume in which this essay appears testifies to the fact that Texas has no shortage of professional commentators. For example, in 1961 John Steinbeck remarked, “Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word. . . . A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner.” He was on the mark. As others have noted time and again, Texans..."

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Beyond Parochialism

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pp. 221-269

"The Oxford English Dictionary defines parochialism as a 'Parochial character or tendency; esp. confinement of one’s interests to the local sphere; lack of global perspective; narrowness of view; petty provincialism.' Similarly, it defines modernization as “The action or an act of modernizing something;..."

About the Contributors

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pp. 271-272


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pp. 273-295

E-ISBN-13: 9781603442367
E-ISBN-10: 1603442367
Print-ISBN-13: 9781603442350
Print-ISBN-10: 1603442359

Page Count: 288
Illustrations: 3 tables. Index.
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: New edition, Twentieth Anniversary Edition