Despite its remoteness, Alaska has been part of larger stories - of the movement of Native peoples and their contact and accommodation to Western culture, of the spread of European political economy to the New World, and of the expansion of American capitalism. "Alaska: an American Colony" focuses on Russian America and American Alaska, bringing the history of Alaska up to the present and exploring the continuing impact of the Alaska Native claims settlement, the trans-Alaska pipeline and the Alaska lands act. In contrast to the stereotype of Alaska as a place where rugged individuals triumph over the harsh environment, Stephen Haycox offers a less romantic, more complex history that emphasizes the broader national and international contexts of Alaska's past and the similarities between Alaska and the American West. Covering Alaska's cultural, political, economic and environmental history, the book also includes an anthropology of its Native peoples.
Stephen Haycox, professor of history at the University of Alaska Anchorage, is author of Frigid Embrace: Politics, Economics and Environment in Alaska and co-editor of An Alaska Anthology: Interpreting the Past.
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