By Carolyn Merchant
By learning the various methods assorted peoples have replaced, formed, and conserved the wildlife over the years, environmental historians supply perception into humanity's targeted courting with nature and, extra importantly, are higher in a position to comprehend the origins of our present environmental challenge. starting with the precolonial land-use perform of local americans and concluding with our twenty-first century matters over our international ecological trouble, American Environmental History addresses contentious matters corresponding to the protection of the desert, the expulsion of local peoples from nationwide parks, and inhabitants progress, and considers the formative forces of gender, race, and sophistication. Entries tackle a variety of subject matters, from the influence of rice cultivation, slavery, and the expansion of the auto suburb to the consequences of the Russian sea otter alternate, Columbia River salmon fisheries, the environmental justice circulate, and globalization. This illustrated reference is a vital spouse for college students 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 facts, court docket files, archaeological digs, and the writings of naturalists) that environmental historians depend on to behavior their study. the quantity additionally contains a compendium of vital humans, thoughts, occasions, organizations, and laws, and an in depth bibliography of serious motion pictures, books, and internet sites.
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American Environmental History: An Introduction (Columbia Guides to American History and Cultures) by Carolyn Merchant