The Look of the Elephant : On Seeing Western History
It is not easy to define western history. There are an abundance of stereotypes, varying themes, and different climactic and geographic characterizations. There is room for many different views of western history from a multiplicity of viewpoints. He discusses his own experience from the viewpoint of his research interests in Mormonism and the Southwest. He observes that new Mormon historians are speaking to an increasingly smaller audience by ignoring ties to western themes and tampering with that which is sacred to their members. They are losing the interest of both non-Mormons and Mormons. He also observes that the history of Mormon country is relatively devoid of humor.