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Losing Eden An Environmental History of the American West Western History Series

Langue : Anglais

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Couverture de l’ouvrage Losing Eden

Historical narratives often concentrate on wars and politics while leaving out the central role and influence of the physical stage on which history is carried out.In Losing Eden, expert scholar and professor Sara Dant traces the environmental history and development of the American West and explains how the land has shaped and been shaped by the people who live there.

In a lively and accessible narrative, the text discusses the key events and topics in the environmental history of the American West, from the Beringia migration, Columbian Exchange, and federal territorial acquisition to post–WWII expansion, resource exploitation, and current climate change issues. It is structured around three important themes: balancing economic success and ecological destruction; avoiding "the tragedy of the commons;" and achieving sustainability. The text is the ideal supplement for a variety of college–level courses on US or environmental history and incorporates many student–friendly features, including definitions of key terms, suggested reading sections, and over 30 illustrations. Cohesive and compelling, Losing Eden recognizes the historical role of the natural world in the American West and provides important analysis on the continually evolving relationship between the land and its inhabitants.

List of Figures viii

Acknowledgments xii

Introduction The Nature of the West 1

1 Losing "Eden" 7

2 The West Transformed 24

3 Claiming and Taming the Land 44

4 The Great Barbecue 65

5 The Pivotal Decade 82

6 Conservation and Preservation 102

7 Roll On 118

8 Booming the West 135

9 Building Consensus 153

10 Environmental Backlash and the New West 172

Epilogue Sustainability and the "Triumph of the Commons" 192

Index 206

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Ouvrage de 240 p.

14.2x21.4 cm

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