Herbert Eugene Bolton by Albert L. Hurtado
Historian of the American Borderlands

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...general readers may find his book heavy going...he doesn't delve deeply enough. Mr. Hurtado is writing for scholars like himself, who are familiar with Bolton's concepts and their implications.
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This definitive biography offers a new critical assessment of the life, works, and ideas of Herbert E. Bolton (1870–1953), a leading historian of the American West, Mexico, and Latin America. Bolton, a famous pupil of Frederick Jackson Turner, formulated a concept—the borderlands—that is a foundation of historical studies today. His research took him not only to the archives and libraries of Mexico but out on the trails blazed by Spanish soldiers and missionaries during the colonial era. Bolton helped establish the reputation of the University of California and the Bancroft Library in the eyes of the world and was influential among historians during his lifetime, but interest in his ideas waned after his death. Now, more than a century after Bolton began to investigate the Mexican archives, Albert L. Hurtado explores his life against the backdrop of the cultural and political controversies of his day.
 

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Albert L. Hurtado is Travis Chair in Modern American History at the University of Oklahoma. He is the editor of Major Problems in American Indian History, second edition, and author of Indian Survival on the California Frontier, Intimate Frontiers: Sex, Gender, and Culture in Old California, and John Sutter: A Life on the North American Frontier, winner of the Caughey Prize from the west Western Historical Association.
 
Published February 29, 2012 by University of California Press. 409 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by GERARD HELFERICH on Jun 26 2012

...general readers may find his book heavy going...he doesn't delve deeply enough. Mr. Hurtado is writing for scholars like himself, who are familiar with Bolton's concepts and their implications.

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