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American Capitals: A Historical Geography (University of by Christian Montès

By Christian Montès

State capitals are an indelible a part of the yankee psyche, spatial representations of kingdom energy and nationwide identification. studying them by means of center is a ceremony of passage in grade college, a pedagogical workout that emphasizes the significance of committing place-names to reminiscence. yet geographers haven't begun to research country capitals in any intensity. In American Capitals, Christian Montès takes us on a well-researched trip throughout America—from Augusta to Sacramento, Albany to Baton Rouge—shedding gentle alongside the best way at the ancient conditions that resulted in their appointment, their luck or failure, and their evolution over time.


While all country capitals have a few features in common—as symbols of the kingdom, as embodiments of political strength and selection making, as public areas with deepest interests—Montès doesn't interpret them via a unmarried lens, largely as a result of ameliorations of their spatial and old evolutionary styles. a few have remained small, whereas others have advanced into bustling metropolises, and Montès explores the dynamics of swap and progress. All yet 11 country capitals have been demonstrated within the 19th century, thirty-five prior to 1861, yet, particularly astonishingly, merely 8 of the fifty states have maintained their unique capitals. regardless of their respected prestige because the such a lot huge and old towns in the USA, capitals come from strangely humble beginnings, usually stricken by instability, clash, hostility, and corruption. Montès reminds us of the interval within which they happened, “an period of pioneer and idealized territorial vision,” coupled with a still-evolving American citizenry and democracy.

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