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The Resource Encounters in avalanche country : a history of survival in the Mountain West, 1820-1920, Diana L. Di Stefano

Encounters in avalanche country : a history of survival in the Mountain West, 1820-1920, Diana L. Di Stefano

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Encounters in avalanche country : a history of survival in the Mountain West, 1820-1920
Title
Encounters in avalanche country
Title remainder
a history of survival in the Mountain West, 1820-1920
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Diana L. Di Stefano
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Language
eng
Summary
"Every winter, early settlers of the U.S. and Canadian Mountain West could expect to lose dozens of lives to deadly avalanches. This constant threat to trappers, miners, railway workers, and their families forced individuals and communities to develop knowledge, share strategies, and band together as they tried to survive the extreme conditions of "avalanche country." The result of this convergence, author Diana L. Di Stefano argues, was a complex network of formal and informal cooperation that used disaster preparedness to engage legal action and instill a sense of regional identity among the many lives affected by these natural disasters. Encounters in Avalanche Country tells the story of mountain communities' responses to disaster over a century of social change and rapid industrialization. As mining and railway companies triggered new kinds of disasters, ideas about environmental risk and responsibility were increasingly negotiated by mountain laborers, at elite levels among corporations, and in socially charged civil suits. Disasters became a dangerous crossroads where social spaces and ecological realities collided, illustrating how individuals, groups, communities, and corporate entities were tangled in this web of connections between people and their environment. Written in a lively and engaging narrative style, Encounters in Avalanche Country uncovers authentic stories of survival struggles, frightening avalanches, and how local knowledge challenged legal traditions that defined avalanches as Acts of God. Combining disaster, mining, railroad, and ski histories with the theme of severe winter weather, it provides a new and fascinating perspective on the settlement of the Mountain West. Diana L. Di Stefano is assistant professor of history at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks."Encounters in Avalanche Country is an important work about how humans knew and were shaped by their environments in the American West. It is an intelligent, sophisticated, well-written, intensely researched, thoughtfully structured, deeply felt, and clearly hard-won piece of historical scholarship."--Kathryn Morse, author of The Nature of Gold"--
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Di Stefano, Diana L
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Emil and Kathleen Sick series in Western history and biography
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  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Mountain life
  • Mountain life
  • Avalanches
  • Avalanches
  • Avalanches
  • Avalanches
  • Human ecology
  • Human ecology
  • HISTORY
  • NATURE
  • SCIENCE
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • Avalanches
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Human ecology
  • Mountain life
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Rocky Mountains Region
  • United States, West
  • HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Pacific Northwest (OR, WA)
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Encounters in avalanche country : a history of survival in the Mountain West, 1820-1920, Diana L. Di Stefano
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Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages151-165) and index
  • Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Industrial Mining and Risk
  • 4.
  • Railway Workers and Mountain Towns: 1870-1910
  • 5.
  • Who's to Blame?
  • 6.
  • Disaster in the Cascades
  • 7.
  • Topping v. Great Northern Railway Company
  • 8.
  • Acknowledgments
  • Departure from Avalanche Country
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Map of Avalanche Country Study Areas
  • Introduction: Arrival in Avalanche Country
  • 1.
  • Survival Strategies: 1820-1860
  • 2.
  • Mountain Miners, Skiing Mailmen, and Itinerant Preachers: 1850-1895
  • 3.
Control code
ocn864139640
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1 online resource (x, 171 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780295804828
Lccn
2013027325
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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JSTOR
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illustrations
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22573/ctvctf771
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(OCoLC)864139640
Label
Encounters in avalanche country : a history of survival in the Mountain West, 1820-1920, Diana L. Di Stefano
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages151-165) and index
  • Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Industrial Mining and Risk
  • 4.
  • Railway Workers and Mountain Towns: 1870-1910
  • 5.
  • Who's to Blame?
  • 6.
  • Disaster in the Cascades
  • 7.
  • Topping v. Great Northern Railway Company
  • 8.
  • Acknowledgments
  • Departure from Avalanche Country
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Map of Avalanche Country Study Areas
  • Introduction: Arrival in Avalanche Country
  • 1.
  • Survival Strategies: 1820-1860
  • 2.
  • Mountain Miners, Skiing Mailmen, and Itinerant Preachers: 1850-1895
  • 3.
Control code
ocn864139640
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 171 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780295804828
Lccn
2013027325
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvctf771
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)864139640

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