City for Empire

An Anchorage History, 1914-1941

By Jones, Preston

232 pages, 10 halftones, 6 x 9

Format: Paper and electronic

Price: $26.95

Published: 2010

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).