By Josef Chytry
Mountain of Paradise demanding situations traditional taxonomies of global civilizations by way of introducing a brand new and ambitious candidate: the civilization of better California almost immediately incubating because the evolution of California right into a veritable «nation-state» or «world commonwealth» in keeping with modern commentators and students. via a sequence of reflective essays it clarifies the momentous implications of this declare by means of an intensive account of the genealogical origins of «California», permutation into its speculative second of self-identity due to lengthy inventive interchange with eu concept and philosophy, development to prestige of a socio-economic powerhouse by way of the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, invention of enormously Californian versions of political financial system by means of the Seventies and Eighties, and current domination over areas previously labeled as «Greater California». In its variety and originality Mountain of Paradise constitutes a powerful contribution to present political, social, financial and international thematics
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Edward James Wickson, cited in Starr , 139; also Sackman . See “An American Mediterranean,” in Starr , 365–414. 31 Filipino to Latino workers – suffered modes of deprivation that only became Californian political issues during the Depression period of the 1930s before receiving national exposure in such literary classics as John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath (1939). On the more urban level, however, monopolization had already awakened reformist concerns before 1900, and between 1910 and 1915 Progressivist legislation and in some cases direct Progressivist rule at the local and state levels fuelled important adjustments in the disparity of benefits from Californian natural wealth.
McClure notes that it was when he met Sterling Bunnell after his arrival in San Francisco in 1954 that he was introduced to Californian nature: “With him I was able to watch coyotes and foxes and weasels and deer, and walk through savannah country, hike through the foothills, go over the mountains, and to the seashore and look into tide pools” (3). See, e. , McClure . “To Glean the Livingness of Worlds: Replying to Rilke’s Eighth Elegy,” in McClure , 92. For a more recent example of the Buddhist turn in McClure’s poetry, see McClure .
Nash, “The Global Economic Significance of the California Gold Rush,” in Rawls & Orsi , 276–292; on Marx: 288–9. Marx-Engels [1927–32], 34 (5 xi 1880): 478. Following Brands’ reading in his last part, “The New El Dorado (America in the Age of Gold),” in Brands , esp. 441–444. ” McWilliams , 25 (emphasis added). 29 4. In California itself over the next half-century (1850–1900) such consolidation brought together railroad ownership, real estate monopoly, and exclusive water rights.