The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 256
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of 12o pages, and a short 7-page chapter contains conclusions
and interpretations. The area of Schleswig-Holstein is the center
of the study, and there, "so long as free expression of political
opinions was possible, the National Socialists were opposed by
sociologically well-defined majorities ... as in other regions of
Russian Radicals Look to America, 1825-1894, by David Hecht,
instructor of Russian history, Bowdoin College, was published
in 1947 by Harvard University Press. The author presents "the
almost completely neglected impact of American institutional
example and actuality upon an especially significant group of six
pre-Marxian Russian radicals-Alexander Herzen, Nicholas Cher-
nyshevski, Nicholas Ogarev, Michael Bakunin, Nicholas Chai-
kovski, and Peter Lavrov." What these men said "with passion
and sensitivity" about American institutions is referred to in
the pages of this book. Interestingly enough, only two of the men
-Bakunin and Chaikovski-ever saw America, and all of them
got their information from "writings on America, and contacts
with travelers and visitors to this country."
America Moves West, by Robert E. Riegel, professor of history
in Dartmouth College, was published in a revised edition by
Henry Holt and Company in 1947. The preface states that "major
improvements have been made," "the organization has been al-
tered," and "in many ways the present revision is a new book."
Forty chapters and twenty illustrations cover 630o pages of text,
and the index of eleven pages seems adequate. Each chapter ends
with a list of readings that should stimulate the student in ad-
vanced courses, and it is for such that this book was written.
The first edition has seen wide use in college courses, and the
future should accord the book an even more generous recognition
than the past has. Roughly speaking, the book begins its account
with the winning of American independence and ends it with
the year 1900, "at which time the American West was no longer
distinctly a frontier region."
Another textbook, now in its third edition, is Thomas A.
Bailey, A Diplomatic History of the American People, a publi-
cation by F. S. Crofts and Company. The author expresses his
gratitude to fifty-eight scholars for criticizing "individual chap-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949, periodical, 1949; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101121/m1/265/: accessed April 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.