The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 89, July 1985 - April, 1986

Book Reviews

sion to pursue a dialogue with historians who discount the informa-
tional value of these views. Well they might. Reps himself presents the
case of Cairo, Illinois-a town which existed solely as an urban view. He
also compares lithographs with surveyors' maps, photographs, city di-
rectories, and insurance records to show how useful these documents
can be. Whether they best record actual cities or citizens' dreams read-
ers must resolve for themselves.
Reps's admirable goal here has been, simply, to aid further research,
whatever its course. After consulting this list, compiled from sources
nationwide, many will head to the fine collection of views at the Amon
Carter Museum of Western Art in Fort Worth. Others will learn of un-
anticipated treasure at the local historical society. Views and Viewmakers
provides a fine survey and catalogue from which to begin.
Boston University MARY PANZER
Der texanische Unabhdngigkeitskrieg, 1835/6: Ursachen und Wirkungen
[The Texas War for Independence, 1835/6: causes and effects]. By
Andreas Reichstein. (Berlin, West Germany: Dietrich Reimer Ver-
lag, 1984- Pp. viii+354. Foreword, notes, appendices, abbrevia-
tions, bibliography, index.)
Especially within the last decade, a small but increasing number
of monographs and articles have been published in Germany on
nineteenth-century Texas history. Most of this research has dealt, under-
standably, with the historical connections between Germany and Texas,
particularly with the Adelsverein settlement of the state. Andreas
Reichstein's study of the Texas War of Independence is consequently an
ambitious undertaking since it is more purely a Texas topic, and a hal-
lowed one at that.
In his brief introduction, Reichstein casts a rather critical eye on the
existing literature. William C. Binkley's 1952 account, for example, is
too small in scope, although Reichstein concurs with Binkley's view that
the "story of the movement as a whole is still waiting to be told" (p. 2).
In much of this literature, moreover, Reichstein sees too great a re-
liance on authorities (such as Eugene C. Barker), the related tendency
to "copy" (p. 4) a predecessor's ideas, and a preponderant nationalis-
tic bias.
Reichstein himself avoids such errors. He also takes up, in varying
degrees, the questions of the Revolution that he deems so far "un-
answered," e.g., "What sort of influence did land speculation societies
have?" and "Can the term 'Manifest Destiny' be used as an interpreta-
tion of the events of the Revolution?" (p. 3). Because of Reichstein's ad-


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