What comes to mind when we think of the Old West? Often, our conceptions are accompanied by as much mythology and mystique as fact or truth. What are the differences in how the Canadian and American Wests are perceived? Did they develop differently or are they just perceived differently? How do our conceptions influence our perceptions? This reader explores the problems, importance, and results of comparing the Canadian and American Wests, critically examining how we conceptualize the history and development of the West and how that influences our perceptions. One West, Two Myths II: Essays on Comparison is an excellent introduction to this burgeoning area of study as it endeavours to engage the imaginations of those who are new to the subject. With Contributions By: Gerald Friesen C.L. Higham Michel Hogue Beth LaDow Sheila McManus Peter S. Morris Molly P. Rozum Elliott West Donald Worster
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Carol Higham is a visiting assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Carol L. Higham is a visiting assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Robert Thacker is a professor of Canadian Studies and English at St. Lawrence University. He is the author of Munro's biography Alice Munro: Writing Her Lives (2005, revised 2011) and the editor of The Rest of the Story: Critical Essays on Alice Munro (1999). Sheila McManus is Associate Professor of History at the University of Lethbridge in southern Alberta. Her book, The Line Which Separates, was co-published by the University of Nebraska Press and The University of Alberta Press in 2005. Currently, she is writing a textbook on women in the U.S. West.
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