The Pacific Northwest: An Overall Appreciation

The Pacific Northwest: An Overall Appreciation

The Pacific Northwest: An Overall Appreciation

The Pacific Northwest: An Overall Appreciation

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In the decade that has elapsed since the first publication of The Pacific Northwest, many changes have taken place in the region, necessitating a complete revision of the book. Six of the original thirty contributors, Warren D. Smith, W. L. Finley, N. F. G. Davis, C. S. Kingston, A. L. Seeman, and R. M. Shaw are deceased, and, in addition, John Appleton, who wrote the Foreword. Others have moved from the area. Replacing them are thirteen new authors. Certain chapters have been revised by other geographers than those responsible for them in the first edition. A new chapter has been added on the modern economic history. The material on forests has been split into two chapters prepared by different experts. On the other hand, four chapters in the first edition have been consolidated into two. Numerous new maps and photographs appear in the revised text.

The organization of the book is based on the assumption that a knowledge of the physical characteristics and natural resources is fundamental to an accurate understanding of the economic pattern and of the problems confronting the region. Throughout the book, regional relationships are stressed, and economic, social, human, and physical factors are integrated.

In addition to utilizing published and unpublished research of many individuals and agencies, the book incorporates the results of many new investigations based upon field studies necessary to fill the gaps in regional information and to bring materials up to date.

OTIS W. FREEMAN HOWARD H. MARTIN

May, 1954 . . .

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