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By Christian Montès

State capitals are an indelible a part of the yank psyche, spatial representations of kingdom energy and nationwide identification. studying them through middle is a ceremony of passage in grade university, a pedagogical workout that emphasizes the significance of committing place-names to reminiscence. yet geographers have not begun to investigate nation capitals in any intensity. In American Capitals, Christian Montès takes us on a well-researched trip throughout America—from Augusta to Sacramento, Albany to Baton Rouge—shedding gentle alongside the way in which at the ancient situations that resulted in their appointment, their luck or failure, and their evolution over time.


While all nation capitals have a couple of features in common—as symbols of the nation, as embodiments of political energy and determination making, as public areas with deepest interests—Montès doesn't interpret them via a unmarried lens, largely end result of the changes of their spatial and ancient evolutionary styles. a few have remained small, whereas others have advanced into bustling metropolises, and Montès explores the dynamics of switch and development. All yet 11 nation capitals have been verified within the 19th century, thirty-five sooner than 1861, yet, particularly astonishingly, basically 8 of the fifty states have maintained their unique capitals. regardless of their respected prestige because the such a lot huge and historic towns in the US, capitals come from unusually humble beginnings, frequently affected by instability, clash, hostility, and corruption. Montès reminds us of the interval during which they happened, “an period of pioneer and idealized territorial vision,” coupled with a still-evolving American citizenry and democracy.

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