|Author||Barbara Berglund and Jay Gitlin|
I bought this new study on the basis of the review in the Journal of American History. It compares the founding and development of a number of frontier cities, using the information to move past Turnerian theory to elucidate the pattern of cities from Montreal to New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco and Seattle. For comparison, it includes the patterns from Goa, Macao and other cities of European imperialism. My greatest insight came through the discussion of how San Francisco developed as a city much more quickly from the point it connected to the railroad and telegraph, making its development pattern very different than previous frontier cities. The authors provide much new (to me) information about the native population and its relationship to the developing city. This is a rich field of history beyond politics and Eurocentric narrative. I understand American history from a very different perspective.