Fall 2013: Latest releases from UA Press explore Alaska's history
by Michelle Saport |
The University of Alaska Press announces the release of two new books: "The Fires of Patriotism: Alaskans in the Days of the First World War, 1910-1920" by Preston Jones; and "Inupiaq Ethnohistory: Selected Essays" by Ernest S. "Tiger" Burch Jr. and edited by Erica Hill.
"The Fires of Patriotism: Alaskans in the Days of the First World War, 1910-1920" In the early twentieth century, Alaska was facing an exciting future as the newest U.S. territory. Yet just five years after its official designation, the country entered World War I and citizens were called to fight. Despite the threat of an economic downfall, Alaska sent more people per capita to war than any other state and displayed a patriotism at home rivaling that of the states. "The Fires of Patriotism" explores Alaska's wartime experience, bringing to light new stories and new characters from a decade that shook the world. This multifaceted book explores the era through engaging stories and rare photos, offering a new perspective on World War I from a marginal land that forged its place in the greater unity of the country.
"Iñupiaq Ethnohistory: Selected Essays" It took more than a century for colonialism to reach Alaska after the first Europeans set foot in what would become the continental U.S. Since the Iñupiaq settled at the very top of the world, their complex society remained unknown and undisturbed longer than many other Native tribes in America. Ernest S. Burch Jr., dedicated most of his life and career to understanding this pre-colonial period and the lives of the Natives of Northwest Alaska. "Iñupiaq Ethnohistory" collects in one place Burch's critical research in this area, bringing to light work once buried in scholarly books or scattered across journals. It is a fascinating and accessible window into a now-vanished world.
For more information about these titles and many more, visit www.uapress.alaska.edu or call (800) 621-2736.