The rich and fertile land upon which Moscow sits has sustained a vibrant community of hard working thinkers, creators, and activists for more than 125 years. Just as the area’s first inhabitants returned to camas fields in Paradise Valley year after year, pioneers settled in “Hog Heaven” because they found ready access to life’s necessities. Businessmen like Nathaniel Williamson and Frank David tied their fortunes to the local farming economy to the same degree as seed pioneer Willis Crites or sustainability advocate Mary Jane Butters. While the bounty that surrounds Moscow feeds its growth, the town’s cultural lifeblood is pumped by the University of Idaho. The university has provided Moscow with inventors such as Malcolm Renfrew, talented athletes like Olympian Dan O’Brien, and colorful characters, perhaps best embodied by Dean of Women Permeal French. The picturesque hills of the Palouse roll through the history of this unique town, rooting tomorrow’s leaders in the work of yesterday’s groundbreakers.
This book presents the cultural history of some of the unique individuals and groups who have made a memorable impact in and around Moscow, Idaho over the past 125 years. Heavily illustrated with reprints of historical photographs from the Latah County Historical Society and University of Idaho, as well as personal photographs from private collections.
Boise of the 21st century is very different from the tiny community established in 1863 at the crossroads of the Oregon Trail and the road to the Boise Basin gold mines. Originally known as “Boise City,” it existed as a distribution center for supplies and fresh food for miners. The development of irrigated agriculture and the expansion of transportation networks during the 20th century and an influx of pioneers from many regions of the United States helped the city grow into a technology center during the 21st century. Early residents like Tom and Julia Davis helped create a city filled with green parks and walking paths; author and illustrator Mary Hallock Foote brought Boise to the attention of the nation with her writing and illustrations; businessmen J.R. Simplot and Joe Albertson established local businesses that grew to national companies. The music of Curtis Stigers, the literature of Anthony Doerr, and the athletic prowess of Kristin Armstrong have helped focus attention on Boise, which is now recognized as one of the country’s most livable communities.
This is the story of an individual, who overcomes almost insurmountable odds, recovers and succeeds. His father, having four daughters, won the demographic lottery: the son was born. When just under 4 years old, his father was murdered by a man who then becomes his step-father. That’s when the orphaned son’s survival struggles—his odyssey—begin. Traumatized and scared, he suffered regular abuse, as did the family. Abandoned at age 10, survival struggles intensify. Foster-homes enabled him to finish high-school (10th-grade) at age 14. At age 15, he had to go to work and support the step-father. Progressed rapidly, his last job was at the U.S. Embassy. Despite his 10th-grade education, he obtained admission in a U.S. university and came to the U.S. in 1958. At times surviving on one-meal a day, soon he was working part-time—cleaning bathrooms, washing dishes, scrubbing floors, cleaning animal-pens, etc.; he worked summers in fruit-orchards, lumber mill, and as janitor. Graduated with honors, he earned master’s in 1964 and doctorate in 1968. He is now an emeritus-professor/chair, University of Idaho. Inspired by the memory of his father, the land of opportunity enabled him to overcome the odds and recover his lost life; the American dream fulfilled.
Taylor's Crossing began as a wooden toll bridge over a narrow spot on the Snake River for travelers along the Old Montana Trail. By 1883, it was known as Eagle Rock, a dusty outpost for railroad workers, bullwhackers, and miners. "We can not claim an orderly town," the newspaper reported. "The reckless firing of firearms at all hours of the day and night is a nuisance that should be stopped." When the railroad pulled out its shops, the town almost died. Following statehood and another name change, Idaho Falls transformed itself into an agricultural center and outfitting point for visitors to Yellowstone Park. In 1949, the Atomic Energy Commission arrived, and the nearby desert became a training ground for the nuclear navy, the test site for a new "inherently safe" boiling-water reactor design and the location of the world's first fatal nuclear accident.
This is the story of the White family, who moved to Idaho at the time of statehood and served northern Idaho from the dark days of the Great Depression to the tense years of the Vietnam War in the United States Congress. The book includes a foreword by Howard Zinn.
Provides genealogists with research summaries, maps, and timelines for every U.S. state; detailed county-level data that can be utilized to acquire most genealogical records; and extensive listings of contact information, web sites, libraries, and genealogical and historical societies. Original.
Discover Idaho with Moon Travel Guides! Whether you're hitting the slopes, paddling glacial lakes, or sipping your way through the Snake River Valley, explore the best of the Gem State with Moon Idaho. Inside you'll find: Strategic itineraries for any timeline or budget, including the best scenic road trips, a wine country weekend, and a winter sports getaway Activities and ideas for every traveler: Spend a day sipping local vintages in the Snake River Valley wine country, or relax at a ritzy Sun Valley lodge after a day of skiing and snowboarding some of the best slopes in the country. Hike through the Rockies to alpine lakes and waterfalls, marvel at the bizarre landscape at Craters of the Moon National Monument, or go white-water rafting on the Salmon River. Explore Boise's hip downtown area, browse unique antique shops and used bookstores in historic Nampa, or grab a drink at a rustic saloon in a Victorian-era mining town Where to find the best outdoor recreation, including cross-country and alpine skiing, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, fishing, golfing, rock climbing, and hiking, plus essential health and safety tips Expert insight from Boise local James Patrick Kelly Detailed maps and handy reference photos throughout Honest advice on when to go, how to get around, and where to stay, from historic inns and B&Bs to budget motels and campgrounds Thorough information including background on the landscape, climate, wildlife, and local culture With Moon Idaho's expert advice, myriad activities, and local insight on the best things to do and see, you can plan your trip your way. Exploring more of the West? Check out Moon Montana & Wyoming. Headed to the parks? Try Moon Yellowstone & Grand Teton.
Outsider musicians can be the product of damaged DNA, alien abduction, drug fry, demonic possession, or simply sheer obliviousness. This book profiles dozens of outsider musicians, both prominent and obscure—figures such as The Shaggs, Syd Barrett, Tiny Tim, Jandek, Captain Beefheart, Daniel Johnston, Harry Partch, and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy—and presents their strange life stories along with photographs, interviews, cartoons, and discographies. About the only things these self-taught artists have in common are an utter lack of conventional tunefulness and an overabundance of earnestness and passion. But, believe it or not, they’re worth listening to, often outmatching all contenders for inventiveness and originality. A CD featuring songs by artists profiled in the book is also available.
The sheer scale and brutality of the hostilities between Russia and Chechnya stand out as an exception in the mostly peaceful breakup of the Soviet Union. Chechnya: From Nationalism to Jihad provides a fascinating analysis of the transformation of secular nationalist resistance in a nominally Islamic society into a struggle that is its antithesis, jihad. Hughes locates Chechen nationalism within the wider movement for national self-determination that followed the collapse of the Soviet empire. When negotiations failed in the early 1990s, political violence was instrumentalized to consolidate opposing nationalist visions of state-building in Russia and Chechnya. The resistance in Chechnya also occurred in a regional context where Russian hegemony over the Caucasus, especially the resources of the Caspian basin, was in retreat, and in an international context of rising Islamic radicalism. Alongside Bosnia, Kashmir, and other conflicts, Chechnya became embedded in Osama Bin Laden's repertoire of jihadist rhetoric against the "West." It was not simply Russia's destruction of a nationalist option for Chechnya, or "Wahabbist" infiltration from without, that created the political space for Islamism. Rather, we must look also at how the conflict was fought. The lack of proportionality and discrimination in the use of violence, particularly by Russia, accelerated and intensified the Islamic radicalization and thereby transformed the nature of the conflict. This nuanced and balanced study provides a much-needed antidote to the mythologizing of Chechen resistance before, and its demonization after, 9/11. The conflict in Chechnya involves one of the most contentious issues in contemporary international politics—how do we differentiate between the legitimate use of violence to resist imperialism, occupation, and misgovernment, and the use of terrorism against legitimate rule? This book sets out indispensable lessons for understanding conflicts involving the volatile combination of nationalist insurgency, jihad, and terrorism, most notably for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In this ground-breaking book, Beth Holmgren examines how—in turn-of-the-century Russia and its subject, the Kingdom of Poland—capitalism affected the elitist culture of literature, publishing, book markets, and readership. Rewriting Capitalism considers how both “serious” writers and producers of consumer culture coped with the drastic power shift from “serious” literature to market-driven literature.
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First published in 1957 and out of print for decades, Moscow Tram Stop is a classic of World War II on the Eastern Front. Heinrich Haape was a young doctor drafted into the German Wehrmacht just before the war began. He was with the spearhead of Operation Barbarossa, tasked with taking Moscow, when it invaded the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941. Mere hours into the attack, Haape and his fellow soldiers learned the hard way that the Red Army fought with otherworldly tenacity even in defeat. The rapid advance of the early days slowed during the summer, and Haape’s division did not begin the final push on Moscow until October. It was a hard slog, plagued first by rain and mud, then by cold and snow. By early December, German forces had reached the gates of the Soviet capital but could press no farther. By winter’s end, Haape’s battalion of 800 had been reduced to a mere 28 soldiers. The doctor’s account is enthrallingly vivid. The drama and excitement never slacken as Haape recounts his experiences from the unique perspective of a doctor, who often had to join in the fighting himself and witnessed the physical and psychological toll of combat.