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First settled in 1915, Anchorage 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 U. S. 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 study, City for Empire captures
the history of this remarkable city.
Preston Jones has published
scholarly works as well as
general history texts. Jones
has taught at the high school
and university level. He has
been a professor of history
at John Brown University in
Arkansas since 2003, teaching
numerous courses, including
Latin, British Empire, U. S.
History, Western Civilization,
and Great Books classes. His
first book with the University
of Alaska Press was Empire’s
Edge: American Society in
Nome, Alaska, 1898–1934 (2007).
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