Destruction of the Bison: An Environmental History, 1750-1920

Destruction of the Bison: An Environmental History, 1750-1920

by Andrew C. Isenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521771722

ISBN-13: 9780521771726

Pub. Date: 03/28/2014

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Destruction of the Bison explains the decline of the North American bison population from an estimated 30 million in 1800 to fewer than 1000 a century later. In this wide-ranging, interdisciplinary study, Andrew C. Isenberg argues that the cultural and ecological encounter between Native Americans and Euroamericans in the Great Plains was the central cause of the…  See more details below

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The Destruction of the Bison explains the decline of the North American bison population from an estimated 30 million in 1800 to fewer than 1000 a century later. In this wide-ranging, interdisciplinary study, Andrew C. Isenberg argues that the cultural and ecological encounter between Native Americans and Euroamericans in the Great Plains was the central cause of the near-extinction of the bison. Cultural and ecological interactions created new types of bison hunters on both sides of the encounter: mounted Indian nomads and Euroamerican industrial hidemen. Together with environmental pressures, these hunters nearly extinguished the bison. In the early twentieth century, nostalgia about the very cultural strife that first threatened the bison became, ironically, an important impetus to its preservation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521771726
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2014
Series:
Studies in Environment and History Series
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Grassland Environment13
2The Genesis of the Nomads31
3The Nomadic Experiment63
4The Ascendancy of the Market93
5The Wild and the Tamed123
6The Returns of the Bison164
Conclusion193
Index199

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