Introduction to the study of United States history by Carl Russell FishIntroduction to the study of United States history by Carl Russell Fish

Introduction to the study of United States history

byCarl Russell Fish

Paperback | February 6, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921. Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF UNITED STATES HISTORY I. PHYSIOGRAPHY Physiography In General The character of any nation results from two forces: the land and the people who inhabit it. The influence of the land upon the history of a people is twofold. In the first of Nature place, it gives or restricts opportunity. It is im possible for people to live in any way they choose if they happen to inhabit the Arctic Circle. The kinds of life at their disposal are very limited. In the same way, the opportunities for different kinds of life in the tropics are very restricted. As civilization advances, the restrictive power of the land diminishes. For instance: Without transportation, people cannot live at all unless their immediate neighborhood furnishes them with both food and clothing. As transportation develops, it is possible for them to live and to earn their living, say, by mining, far remote from the regions that supply their food and clothing. In the second place, the land has a determining influence on the development of civilization. A good harbor attracts to it people interested in commerce. A rich mine at pirec ion tracts those who wish its minerals. As civiliza by Nature tion advances, the determining power of land becomes more powerful, and today one seaport may thrive and another decay because of saving a few cents in the freight rate to some mining district or agricultural region. In the same way, great factories may be moved from the coal district to the iron ore district if it becomes cheaper to take the coal to the iron rather than the iron to the coal. In neither of these ways, however, does the land actually make history. For instance: The territory of the United States was long occupied by the red Indians. The difference Opportunity between t...
Title:Introduction to the study of United States historyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217854168

ISBN - 13:9780217854160