The Journal of San Diego History
Summer 1984, Volume 30, Number 3
Thomas L. Scharf, Editor

Book Notes

Raymond Starr, Book Review Editor

California’s Utopian Colonies. By Robert V. Hine. Revised Edition. Berkeley: The University of California Press. 1983. Bibliography. Charts. Index. 209 Pages. $20.00 Cloth. $6.95 Paper.

Robert Hine’s California Utopian Colonies was first published in 1953 by the Huntington Library, and since that time has been the standard work on the general subject of California’s Utopian colonies, and a good introduction to many of the specific colonies, including San Diego’s Theosophical establishment on Point Loma. There is also a brief account of the Little Landers Colony established at what is now San Ysidro. In a lengthy preface to the revised edition, Professor Hine has reviewed the literature on California Utopian communities since publication of the first edition. With this update, California’s Utopian Colonies remains the best starting place for an inquiry into its subject.