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San Diego: California’s Cornerstone 2nd Edition

This work is a sweeping history of the region from the time of its indigenous people to the 21st c. Chapters cover the Spanish, Mexican, Victorian, WWI and WWII eras and the postwar boom, up to the 2015 centennial celebration of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition, the legalization of medical marijuana, and a future outlook from 2016. Includes a chronology of events, plus bibliography and index.


About the Author

Iris Engstrand

Iris Engstrand

Iris Engstrand is Professor of History at the University of San Diego. The author of 18 books, papers, and monographs on southern California and Baja California history, Dr. Engstrand is recognized as the foremost authority on the history of San Diego. Her titles include Inspired by Nature: The San Diego Natural History Museum, and Harley Knox: San Diego's Mayor for the People. Dr. Engstrand received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in history from the University of Southern California. Her academic honors include USD's distinguished University Professorship, The Davies Award, plus Awards of Merit from the San Diego and California Historical Societies. She has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright Commission and Huntington Library, and research grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Council for the Humanities.