City for Empire

An Anchorage History, 1914-1941

Preston Jones

City for Empire

Preston Jones

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

214 pages | 10 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2010
Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781602230842 Published November 2010
E-book $7.00 to $26.95 ISBN: 9781602230859 Published October 2010

First settled in 1915, Anchorage, Alaska, was founded with the American empire in mind. During World War I, it served as a conduit through which coal could be shipped to the Pacific, where the US Navy was engaged with Japan. Decades later, during World War II, Anchorage became an equally important site for the defense of the mainland and the projection of American power. City for Empire tells the story of Anchorage’s development in that period, focusing in particular on the international context of the city’s early decades and its surprisingly diverse inhabitants. A thorough yet accessible read, City for Empire captures the history of this remarkable city.


Chapter One: Context
     Interlude: Nature
Chapter Two: Beginnings
     Interlude: Socialism
Chapter Three: War
     Interlude: Z. J. Loussac
Chapter Four: Inside
     Interlude: Mikami Family Photos
Chapter Five: Outside
Chapter Six: Transition

Appendix—excerpts from Alaskan newspapers
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