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Petrolia: The Landscape of America's First Oil Boom, Brian Black


1 Petrolia: The Landscape of America's First Oil Boom
Brian Black
256 pages, 52 halftones, paperback, Johns Hopkins University Press
In Petrolia, Brian Black offers a geographical and social history of a region that was not only the site of America's first oil boom but was also the world's largest oil producer between 1859 and 1873. Against the background of the growing demand for petroleum throughout and immediately following the Civil War, Black describes Oil Creek Valley's descent into environmental hell. Known as "Petrolia," the region charged the popular imagination with its nearly overnight transition from agriculture to industry. But so unrestrained were these early efforts at oil drilling, Black writes, that "the landscape came to be viewed only as an instrument out of which one could extract crude." In a very short time, Petrolia was a ruined place-environmentally, economically, and to some extent even culturally. Black gives historical detail and analysis to account for this transformation.

About Author
Brian Black is an associate professor of history and environmental studies at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College, and editor of Pennsylvania History.

Reviews
Winner of the Paul H. Giddens Prize in Oil History from Oil Heritage Region, Inc.

"A wonderful demonstration of the possibilities of historical studies of technology and culture . . . Just as Black offers Petrolia as the prototypical landscape of industrial sacrifice, his book will surely serve as the model for a new genre of holistic historical studies of people, place, technology, and culture."--Peter Coates, Technology and Culture

"Petrolia is an intimate portrayal of the history of a major event that has affected not only this nation but the entire world as well . . . This book provides an excellent example of geographic writing that reveals that all places have a quality of their own, and of the kind of literate writing that is needed in our profession today."--E. Willard Miller, Professional Geographer

"A clear, concise telling of Petrolia's fascinating story . . . Black does an excellent job of examining the oil boom's impact on many aspects of the life and culture of the region."--Ralph Wilcox, Vernacular Architecture Newsletter

"Although Black uses the development of Petrolia to make larger points about how resource extraction changes ecological interactions, he is also interested in the region as a specific place with a specific history . . . While other scholars have written about what happens when capital is used to extract a resource from one region for the benefit of another, Black tells the story of transformation in this oil-rich valley at a level of detail and care that is rich and interesting in its own right."--Hugh S. Gorman, Historical Geography
877326 
Price: 30.00 USD

 
The Economic Growth of the United States - 1790–1860, Douglass C. North


2 The Economic Growth of the United States - 1790–1860
Douglass C. North
304 pages, 5 1/4 x 7 1/2, paperback, W. W. Norton
"On the eve of the Civil War the United States had already achieved rapid and sustained economic expansion. We had filled out our territorial boundaries, and the frontier was already encroaching upon the parched lands in the lee of the Rocky Mountains and moving east of the Sierra Nevadas. We were an industrial nation second only to Britain in manufacturing. Our expansion had been matched by an acceleration of economic well-being. The obstacles to American economic growth had been removed before the Civil War took place. That war was a costly and bitter interruption."
Integrating economic theory, history, and statistics in this provocative study, Professor North develops a fresh interpretation of the sources and determining factors of United States growth from the founding of the nation to the Civil War.
From 1970 to 1814 economic development is seen primarily as a result of external influences. From 1815 to 1860 the westward movement and the transformation to an industrial economy provided accelerating influences on the nation's growing prosperity. Professor North concludes that the export trade, particularly in cotton, was of prime importance as a stimulant to the economy. And he emphasizes the cornerstone of growth was the spread of a market economy, which attracted "an increasing percentage of resources into production for the market and out of pioneer self-sufficiency."

Reviews
"All readers will profit by the virtuosity with which the author has carried out his pioneering attempt to erect the structure of economic hisotry on the basis of a theory of development." —Carter Goodrich, American Historical Review
003469 
Price: 14.95 USD

 
 
Making Sense of the Industrial Revolution: English Economy and Society 1700-1850, Steven King and Geoffrey Timmins


3 Making Sense of the Industrial Revolution: English Economy and Society 1700-1850
Steven King and Geoffrey Timmins
424 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4, 18 line drawings, 17 b/w, paperback / softcover, Manchester University Press
This comprehensive and innovative book on the Industrial Revolution uses carefully chosen case studies, illustrated with extracts from contemporary documents, to offer new perspectives on the process and impact of industrialization. The authors look at the development of economic structures, the financing of the Industrial Revolution, technological advances, markets and demand, and agricultural progress. The book also deals with changes in demography, the household, families, and the built environment.

About Author
Steven King is Lecturer in History at Oxford Brookes University.

Geoffrey Timmins is Principal Lecturer in History at the University of Central Lancashire.

Reviews
"The authors deliver on the promise they make in their title...a good resource for any scholar...."--Lindy Biggs, Technology and Culture

Table of Contents
Part I: Conceptualizing the Industrial Revolution * Perceptions of the Industrial Revolution * Regions and Regionality * Part II: Development of the Economic Infrastructure * Technology and the Industrial Revolution * Financing the Industrial Revolution * Transport * Marketing and Markets * Agriculture and the Industrial Revolution * Part III: The Industrial Revolution and Aspects of Everyday Life * The Demography of the Industrial Revolution * Families, Households, and Individuals * The Changing Economics of the Household * Authority, Regulation, and Power * The Built Environment
050227 
Price: 29.95 USD

     


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