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Gunfighter Nation: Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-Century America, the: The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-century America (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 31. Dezember 2000

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  • Taschenbuch: 864 Seiten
  • Verlag: University of Oklahoma Press; Auflage: Oklahoma Paperb. (31. Dezember 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0806130318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806130316
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 4,3 x 22,9 cm
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Gunfighter Nation concludes Richard Slotkin's three-volume study, which began in 1973 with the publication of Regeneration Through Violence, of the significance of the frontier in the American imagination. Looking primarily at pulp novels and films, Slotkin takes a painstakingly thorough look at the relationship between imagery of the West in industrial mass culture and U.S. foreign policy during the 20th century. Specifically, he looks at how the previous century's "frontier aristocrat" served as the model diplomat for America's agenda of economic imperialism from the Spanish American War to the "police action" in Vietnam.

As the U.S. gained international stature, the archetype of the frontier aristocrat articulated the goals and ideals of the American populace. But Slotkin shows how, as time progressed, the increasing irrelevance of the frontier myth on foreign soil foiled the prowess of the U.S. war machine. At the book's conclusion, in which images of the My Lai Massacre are juxtaposed against the final shootout of Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, the contradiction between faith and experience becomes painfully evident. Gunfighter Nation delivers the satisfaction of a historian with the acquired wisdom to address directly the issues that inspired his lifelong work. --John M. Anderson

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Examines the ways in which the frontier myth influences American culture and politics, drawing on fiction, western films, and political writing.


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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 11. April 1999
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Winner of countless praise, Gunfighter Nation changed the way we view almost all aspects of American history. It is a well-crafted critical work that articulates earlier French theories of common mythologies and their influences on history but frames them in purely American terms.
Viewing the fictional works of Zane Gray, James Fenimore Cooper, the historical work of Teddy Roosevelt and Frederick Jackson Turner, the influence of popular entertainment like Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and the genres of the western film and film noir Slotkin methodically describes the construction of the American frontier myth. He explores how this myth has influenced the personal lives of great figures of American history and subsequently affected all forms of American policy both foreign and domestic.
The book connects the myth of the frontier to common perceptions of race, class and gender and illustrates how integral that myth was in America's attempts to expand into the Caribbean, battle the forces of Communism in Europe and project power into Southeast Asia. There are some particularly interesting sections that deal specifically with how the frontier myth inspired the strategic and tactical mindset of the war in Vietnam.
Without the slightest hyperbole this book is truly revolutionary. Slotkin was one of the first to tell the story of American history through its influence on pop culture and one of the first to show the influences of pop culture on history. His theories of American myth making have become the backbone of almost all work being done in American Studies and this series is among the most commonly cited resources in academic works over many broad fields.
Clearly the source and still the best for any serious (and even amateur) student of American history. Its innumerable accolades are well deserved.
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"Gunfighter Nation" follows the influence of the Old West and the Frontier (both real and how it was percieved; sometimes the two are at odds) in American history from the 1800's to modern times. It makes a good point in showing how Western movies mirror the times in which they are made and how the frontier experience is still with us today. The two drawbacks of the book is its EXTREMELY long length and its Leftist ideology that pops up toward the end.
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Brilliant Examination of pop culture as history 11. April 1999
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Winner of countless praise, Gunfighter Nation changed the way we view almost all aspects of American history. It is a well-crafted critical work that articulates earlier French theories of common mythologies and their influences on history but frames them in purely American terms.
Viewing the fictional works of Zane Gray, James Fenimore Cooper, the historical work of Teddy Roosevelt and Frederick Jackson Turner, the influence of popular entertainment like Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and the genres of the western film and film noir Slotkin methodically describes the construction of the American frontier myth. He explores how this myth has influenced the personal lives of great figures of American history and subsequently affected all forms of American policy both foreign and domestic.
The book connects the myth of the frontier to common perceptions of race, class and gender and illustrates how integral that myth was in America's attempts to expand into the Caribbean, battle the forces of Communism in Europe and project power into Southeast Asia. There are some particularly interesting sections that deal specifically with how the frontier myth inspired the strategic and tactical mindset of the war in Vietnam.
Without the slightest hyperbole this book is truly revolutionary. Slotkin was one of the first to tell the story of American history through its influence on pop culture and one of the first to show the influences of pop culture on history. His theories of American myth making have become the backbone of almost all work being done in American Studies and this series is among the most commonly cited resources in academic works over many broad fields.
Clearly the source and still the best for any serious (and even amateur) student of American history. Its innumerable accolades are well deserved.
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A unique work 23. August 2013
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A really phenomenal book, especially if you're a film fan with an interest in history and politics. Slotkin analyzes how the Historical West turned into the Mythical West, a process that began in the late 19th century with dime novels and adventure tales, and escalated with the advent of film.

Since the closing of the Western Frontier, popular culture's Mythical West has been the lens through which current events are viewed and interpreted by many Americans. Slotkin examines how the country sees itself in the mirror, how it reinterprets the old mythical archetypes and images during periods of change and crisis: the Spanish-American War and the Philippine insurrection, the rebirth of the KKK, the gangsters and outlaws of the 1920s and 1930s, fighting the Japanese in WWII, changing relations with Native Americans and Mexicans, the counterinsurgencies of the post-war era (particularly Vietnam), and finally the disillusionment and decline that set in by the early 70s. Since that time, the Western genre has struggled and often failed to find a way to maintain its appeal to younger generations as a mythical force.
but a brilliant piece of scholarship 18. März 2015
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This volume is a huge work that is not only readable, but a brilliant piece of scholarship.
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Explicates much of how we got to where we are 30. Mai 2013
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While searching for resources to help me understand the roots of the high violence level, relevant to other developed countries, I came upon Slotkin's three volumes that provide significant insight into how we arrived where we are.
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vital perspectives, theories but also FACTS 9. Oktober 2008
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This and Slotkin's other volumes in this trilogy are, to me, exceptionally well-written, perceptive, and although long and complex, definitely worth studying if you are an open-hearted open-minded seeker. It is amazing, and sometimes depressing, to see how two people can read the same work and have totally opposite reactions. I was astonished to read one review which says this is a terrible, an awful, a bad book. It can only be terrible and bad if you are prejudicially predisposed to want to disagree with Slotkin's premises, but Slotkin does provide ample annotation and proof of facts he cites. We have all been lied to and we have all been victims of this all-too-human propensity to belief our own cartoon and movie mythic hero-characters. We are doing it all over again in Iraq, we have disastrous collective amnesia, and evidenced by candidate McCain in the Pres. debate proudly announcing his hero is Teddy Roosevelt, who, as Slotkin shows by direct quotes of TRW's writings, was a White supremacist, a racist, and an American Imperialist! This is not about liberal, or leftist, of conservative and rightist, it is about the truth beyond all false categories.
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