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THE LATE, GREAT STATE OF CALIFORNIA Crisis and Disaster in Modern California Modern geopolitical entities--including American states--evolve from some initial natural benefit, like being located at a well-traveled crossroad or on a convenient natural harbor, or having access to a nearby forest or river or ocean. Cities and states usually cohere gradually, over a hundred years or more. California is the great exception. Established in 1850, from the outset, it has been defined by boom and bust cycles, a chain of violent lurches and counter-moves toward its current status as the most populous, diverse and economically powerful state in the Union. It has often been an unwieldy amalgam of bioregions (Elena Bakker identifies eleven ) and urban, suburban and rural cultural and economic regions, and the dialectic between the wish to steward a bounty of natural resources and the urge for human development continues into the 21 st century. From the start, the state has been a land of mythic proportions (see Montalvo’s “An Island Called
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course HUM 001 taught by Professor Hicks during the Fall '07 term at UC Davis.

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