These United States: The Questions of Our Past, Concise Edition, Combined (chapters 1-31) (3rd Edition)

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9780132299657: These United States: The Questions of Our Past, Concise Edition, Combined (chapters 1-31) (3rd Edition)

Using a thematic approach, this concise survey explores the many and varied threads of American history-social, intellectual, cultural, political, diplomatic, economic, and military-from the arrival of the first native American inhabitants thousand of years ago throught the crisis following the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001.  

 

Irwin Unger, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, wrote this book after discovering from his own experiences teaching American History at the University of California at Davis and at NYU, that a thematic approach was much more interesting to students than a purely descriptive one.

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A survey of US History from Pre-Columbian times to the present. Takes a "questioning approach", which focuses student attention to large historiographical questions in each chapter. New edition adds material on the Pre-Columbian period and expands colonial coverage; expands coverage of Indian peoples, ecology and environment, economic history. Volume II re-interprets cold war and final chapter focuses on end of cold war and diversity.

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This book maintains Pulitzer Prize winning author Irwin Unger's challenging "inquiry approach," organizing each chapter around a specific question designed to challenge students to consider the complexity of the past. The classic coverage has been both updated and expanded to offer a more contemporary approach while remaining an interesting and absorbing introduction to American history. This edition represents a condensed, streamlined version (about one-fourth shorter than its predecessor), presenting coverage in a brief format to both facilitate readability and reduce the price of the work to students.

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