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The Aleut Kayak: How Aleut Technology Shaped History, Andrew M. Wilson Jun 2015

The Aleut Kayak: How Aleut Technology Shaped History, Andrew M. Wilson

History Undergraduate Theses

If Russian and American imperialism in the north Pacific was the lever that turned the wheel of circumpolar history then the Aleut kayak, or “baidarka,” was the fulcrum. Without Aleut technology, and the labor of the Aleuts, the Russian-American Company would not have been able to derive tremendous profits from high value otter pelts. After the otters were nearly driven to extinction, the fur business transitioned to focusing on extracting a high volume of less valuable fur seal skins. Fur bearing animals were the most easily extractable form of wealth, and this wealth formed the basis for the United States ...


A Social History Of The World War Ii Era, 1943-1945, As Seen Through The Eyes Of U.S. Soldier William A. Reynolds, Jeffery Johnson Apr 1998

A Social History Of The World War Ii Era, 1943-1945, As Seen Through The Eyes Of U.S. Soldier William A. Reynolds, Jeffery Johnson

History Undergraduate Theses

World War II raged into its fourth year in 1944. In upstate New York, a common cab driver in Rochester received his draft notice from the U.S. Army. William Reynolds, the driver of a 1942 Plymouth taxi, enlisted on April 7 of 1944, thrusting this common American into the global conflict, and changing his life forever. Historians have often retraced the history of World War II on a global scale, examining the war through the perspectives of entire nations as they clashed. As the best oral histories have illustrated, the most personal stories of World War II can be ...