World War I and Urban Order The Local Class Politics of National Mobilization
Written by A. Hodges
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World War I and Urban Order The Local Class Politics of National Mobilization by A. HodgesThis book uses Portland, Oregon to bring to life the transformation of U.S. cities during the first truly national war mobilization effort. World War I had an enormous impact on urban life and the relationship between cities and the federal government that has been almost entirely unexplored until now.
, my hobby horse) *the power radicalism had in Portland seems a bit overemphasized. *the introduction engages historiography extremely well, and I wouldn't change that, but I would *add* to the introduction more sense of the story that Hodges plans to tell. *The writing tends to be a tad overwrought at times. E. g., in the intro: 'scholars have missed the truly revolutionary impact of the World War I home front: newly forged federal-local relationships.' 'Truly revolutionary' ... a bit strong. *The story of elite vs. working class, liberatory vs. repressive, etc. seems a bit black and white. *I'm quite doubtful that this is a story of region. *Local*, yes, but Hodges really doesn't engage critiques of region that would cast doubt on what really is unnecessary here: that this is about 'the West.
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-277. 5) Do you feel the author/editor is suitably qualified to produce a high quality book on this topic? No doubt. 6) If you are aware that the book is being considered for inclusion in a specific series, please comment on its suitability for that series. N/A Market and Competition 7) Is this book likely to have interdisciplinary and/or international appeal? Hodges very effectively engages political science scholarship, and I do think that scholars interested in American political development will find this project significant. I think that Hodges could do more with bringing in international examples, but it definitely ties in with trends in labor history/class history in Europe during this period. 8) How does this proposal compare to the main competing titles in this area in terms of quality of writing and content? It holds up well. Recommendation 9) Would you recommend: As I said upfront, I strongly support publication. I would be happy to review the entire manuscript once it is ready for evaluation.
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