This Storied Land
- PUBLISHED: June 2020
- SUBJECT LISTING: Pacific Northwest / History, History / Western History
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 256 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 14 b&w illus., 3 maps
- ISBN: 9780295747255
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
Oregon’s landscape boasts brilliant waterfalls, towering volcanoes, productive river valleys, and far-reaching high deserts. People have lived in the region for at least twelve thousand years, during which they established communities; named places; harvested fish, timber, and agricultural products; and made laws and choices that both protected and threatened the land and its inhabitants.
William G. Robbins traces the state’s history of commodification and conservation, despair and hope, progress and tradition. This revised and updated edition features a new introduction and epilogue with discussion of climate change, racial disparity, immigration, and discrimination. Revealing Oregon’s rich social, economic, cultural, and ecological complexities, Robbins upholds the historian’s commitment to critical inquiry, approaching the state’s past with both open-mindedness and a healthy dose of skepticism about the claims of Oregon’s boosters.
Authors & Contributors
William G. Robbins is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History at Oregon State University. Among his books on the Pacific Northwest are Hard Times in Paradise: Coos Bay, Oregon, Landscapes of Promise: The Oregon Story, 1800–1940, and Landscapes of Conflict: The Oregon Story, 1940–2000.
Oregon residents should read this book, which may take some occasional swallowing of pride, and persons from other states should also read it to learn about Oregon and to find a model that other writers might emulate.- Oregon Historical Quarterly
Masterful [and] superb.- Choice
Well told, and superior to any short one-volume history that had previously been published.- Lawrence M. Lipin, author of Workers and the Wild: Conservation, Consumerism, and Labor in Oregon, 1910–1930