Dr. Samuel Otterstrom is Assistant Professor of Geography at Brigham Young University. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from Louisiana State University. Dr. Otterstrom's current research focuses on the settlement and population geography of the western United States, both historical and contemporary. He has also studied migration and ethnic competition in parts of Central America and Central Europe.
2004 0-7734-6521-9 This edited book ties the settlement geography and history of specific city-systems (cities and their hinterlands) together in a unified framework. The process of population concentration and dispersion within each city-system is explained using a general model that allows particular interconnections of geography and history to be explored. This book will provide a vital contribution to historical geographers and urban historians who are interested in the regional perspective of city development. This book provides a consistent national cross-section of city-system settlement histories, a contribution not found in other scholarly works.