American Capitals: A Historical Geography (University of by Christian Montès

By Christian Montès

State capitals are an indelible a part of the yankee psyche, spatial representations of nation energy and nationwide identification. studying them by means of center is a ceremony of passage in grade university, a pedagogical workout that emphasizes the significance of committing place-names to reminiscence. yet geographers have not begun to investigate nation capitals in any intensity. In American Capitals, Christian Montès takes us on a well-researched trip throughout America—from Augusta to Sacramento, Albany to Baton Rouge—shedding gentle alongside the way in which at the historic conditions that ended in their appointment, their luck or failure, and their evolution over time.


While all country capitals have a few features in common—as symbols of the kingdom, as embodiments of political energy and determination making, as public areas with deepest interests—Montès doesn't interpret them via a unmarried lens, largely end result of the ameliorations of their spatial and old evolutionary styles. a few have remained small, whereas others have advanced into bustling metropolises, and Montès explores the dynamics of swap and development. All yet 11 country capitals have been proven within the 19th century, thirty-five prior to 1861, yet, relatively astonishingly, basically 8 of the fifty states have maintained their unique capitals. regardless of their respected prestige because the so much huge and old towns in the USA, capitals come from strangely humble beginnings, usually affected by instability, clash, hostility, and corruption. Montès reminds us of the interval during which they happened, “an period of pioneer and idealized territorial vision,” coupled with a still-evolving American citizenry and democracy.

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