The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 246
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
seminated in numerous monographs, is at last filled by this short
but well written volume.
After a brief introductory chapter the authors have ably outlined
the Spanish period in four chapters. To the Mexican period they
have given five chapters, stressing in particular the social and
economic bases for the inevitable break that was to result in the
Revolution; to the struggle for independence and its accomplish-
ment they have dedicated two chapters; to the Republic they have
given one chapter in which the political and economic problems of
this brief period are ably summarized; to annexation, one; to the
question of limits, one; to the problems of a frontier state, one;
to the Civil War, one; to the more recent development of West
Texas, one; and to the economic, social and political development
of the state since 1865, three. Thus in twenty-one chapters they
have presented a brief, concise, and dependable outline of the his-
tory of the state during a period of over three hundred years.
With emphasis on the social and political aspects, this short history
of Texas is refreshingly free of the provincialism that has charac-
terized heretofore our school histories of the state.
Each chapter is followed by a brief, suggestive list of easily
obtainable printed supplementary readings that will enable the stu-
dent to enrich his general information and widen his interest in
the dramatic history of the state. Throughout the book the point
of view is national and international rather than local. The au-
thors have tried to impress upon the student that the history of the
state is closely and vitally associated with the history of the nation
since Texas came into the Union, just as it was internationally
associated with the history of Spain, France, England, Mexico, and
the United States up to the time of annexation.
Simple in style, dignified in tone, neat in appearance, the book
is most readable and particularly fitted for high school use. There
are numerous illustrations that add greatly to the interest of the
text, which, under the careful editing of Professor Barker, leaves
nothing to be desired from the point of view of editing. To para-
phrase the editor's own statement, "though adapted primarily to
the requirements of high school classes" the book will be welcomed
both by students and lovers of the state and its stirring history, as
an invaluable little manual to which one may turn readily for
factual information. C.E. CASTANEDA.
C. E. CATNEDA.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933, periodical, 1933; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101093/m1/266/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.