New Western History

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  • The New Western History describes the movement of academic historians beginning in the late 1980s to expand the focus of western history from triumphant settlement to a more inclusive emphasis upon multiculturalism, gender, social class, and environmental history in the trans-Mississippi West. Although some critics assert that the New Western Historians are ideologically driven by the political and cultural conflicts of the 1960s and lack a sense of national pride, the New Western Historians insist that they seek to develop the complexity of western history by including diverse perspectives and voices such as women, Native Americans, Hispanics, African Americans, and Asians. Among the leading scholars usually associated with the New Western History are Patricia Nelson Limerick, Richard White, William Cronon, and Donald Worster.

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