American Environmental History: An Introduction (Columbia by Carolyn Merchant

By Carolyn Merchant

By learning the various methods various peoples have replaced, formed, and conserved the wildlife over the years, environmental historians supply perception into humanity's detailed dating with nature and, extra importantly, are greater capable of comprehend the origins of our present environmental quandary. starting with the precolonial land-use perform of local americans and concluding with our twenty-first century matters over our international ecological challenge, American Environmental History addresses contentious concerns corresponding to the upkeep of the desolate tract, the expulsion of local peoples from nationwide parks, and inhabitants progress, and considers the formative forces of gender, race, and sophistication. Entries handle a number of subject matters, from the effect of rice cultivation, slavery, and the expansion of the car suburb to the results of the Russian sea otter alternate, Columbia River salmon fisheries, the environmental justice circulation, and globalization. This illustrated reference is a vital better half for college kids drawn to the continued transformation of the yankee panorama and the conflicts over its assets and conservation. It makes wealthy use of the instruments and assets (climatic and geological info, court docket documents, archaeological digs, and the writings of naturalists) that environmental historians depend upon to behavior their learn. the quantity additionally incorporates a compendium of vital humans, options, occasions, corporations, and laws, and an intensive bibliography of severe motion pictures, books, and net sites.

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