Kingdom in the West, Volume 8 - On the Way to Somewhere Else: European Sojourners in the Mormon West, 1834-1930. Michael W. Homer, Will Bagley - Series.

Kingdom in the West, Volume 8 - On the Way to Somewhere Else: European Sojourners in the Mormon West, 1834-1930

Spokane, Wa: Arthur H. Clark, 2006. First edition. Hardcover. Light blue cloth spine and boards with turquoise letterbox and silver lettering on spine and front board. Octavo. 420 pp. with bibliography and index. Number 8 in Clark's "Kingdom in the West" series, edited by Will Bagley. The volume is full of entertaining and colorful glimpses of the West in general, and Mormon culture in particular. It adds depth to our understanding of the way in which the Latter-day Saints were viewed by world travelers with perhaps less bias towards the Mormons than their American counterparts. Homer reveals a treasure trove of European reports about the early Mormons and the American West. He sought out the reports of German, Italian, French and Scandinavian travelers who encountered the “Mormonite” religious revolutionaries on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers during the 1830s and 1840s, followed by travelers to the Utah Territory in the Far West. Homer includes choice bits of historical observation such as the earliest known Latter-day Saint account of the Utah War. In contrast to the outraged moral posturing of some American and British commentators, many Continental European visitors expressed cosmopolitan perspectives about the Latter-day Saints and their odd marriage customs. Brigham Young dominates many of the accounts, since a visit with the “Pope of Mormonism” was a prerequisite of any European’s stay in Utah Territory until 1877. Since many of these travelers were aristocrats, it is not surprising some of them viewed favorably the autocratic leadership style of the Mormons. No dust jacket, as issued. New. Item #57684
ISBN: 0870623419

Price: $39.50

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