The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934 Page: 229
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Book Reviews and Notices
movement from Mexico City, pausing long enough to describe
the native civilization which the explorers found in "New Mex-
ico." Here, perhaps, the reader who is not familiar with the
tree ring method of determining chronology will be startled to
find the year 861 A. D. mentioned casually as an established
date in New Mexican history. Incidentally, such readers are
entitled to a reference, which the author does not give, to The
National Geographic Magazine, December, 1929, where this
method is described.
The period from Coronado to the end of Spanish rule is cov-
ered in four chapters at an average rate of seventy-five years to
the chapter; the Mexican period receives a chapter; one chapter
is devoted to "The Blending of Two Frontiers" from Zebulon
Pike to the attainment of statehood-104 years; and the final
chapter deals with the period of statehood. Such treatment
would seem to justify the author's statement in the preface that
"The history of our state is presented as an interpretation rather
than as a complete and detailed narrative." It thus becomes an
important contribution toward a synthesis of the historical de-
velopment of the state, in which a sense of continuity is con-
veyed by means of expansive organization combined with skill-
ful generalization. There is a possibility, however, that too much
knowledge of facts is taken for granted, and that the average
high school student will become somewhat bewildered because of
the lack of definite information.
The explanation in the preface that "space and emphasis are
given to aspects of our history which have been largely over-
looked or misunderstood by earlier writers," opens the way for a
consideration of the historical section from the point of view of
sound scholarship. A more careful analysis of these chapters
seems to disclose the fact that in adhering to such a purpose the
author has destroyed to some extent the impression of historical
continuity which is promised in the plan of organization. Using
his chapter entitled "The Blending of Two Frontiers (1807-
1911)" as an illustration, we find that instead of a connected
survey of the process by which New Mexico was gradually trans-
formed from a Mexican frontier to an Anglo-American frontier,
we have a group of more or less unconnected units dealing with
such topics as trade, Indian problems, land and cattle, territorial
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Texas State Historical Association & Barker, Eugene C. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934, periodical, 1934; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101094/m1/248/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.