Ecological Revolutions: Nature, Gender, and Science in New England / Edition 2

Ecological Revolutions: Nature, Gender, and Science in New England / Edition 2

by Carolyn Merchant
     
 

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ISBN-10: 080787180X

ISBN-13: 9780807871805

Pub. Date: 11/08/2010

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

With the arrival of European explorers and settlers during the seventeenth century, Native American ways of life and the environment itself underwent radical alterations as human relationships to the land and ways of thinking about nature all changed. This colonial ecological revolution held sway until the nineteenth century, when New England's industrial

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With the arrival of European explorers and settlers during the seventeenth century, Native American ways of life and the environment itself underwent radical alterations as human relationships to the land and ways of thinking about nature all changed. This colonial ecological revolution held sway until the nineteenth century, when New England's industrial production brought on a capitalist revolution that again remade the ecology, economy, and conceptions of nature in the region. In Ecological Revolutions, Carolyn Merchant analyzes these two major transformations in the New England environment between 1600 and 1860.

In a preface to the second edition, Merchant introduces new ideas about narrating environmental change based on gender and the dialectics of transformation, while the revised epilogue situates New England in the context of twenty-first-century globalization and climate change. Merchant argues that past ways of relating to the land could become an inspiration for renewing resources and achieving sustainability in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807871805
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/08/2010
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition xiii

Preface xxiii

1 Ecology and History 1

Part 1 The Colonial Ecological Revolution

2 Animals into Resources 29

3 From Cora Mothers to Puritan Fathers 69

4 The Animate Cosmos of the Colonial Farmer 112

Part 2 The Capitalist Ecological Revolution

5 Farm Ecology: Subsistence versus Market 149

6 The Mechanization of Nature: Managing Farms and Forests 198

7 Nature, Mother, and Industry 232

8 Epilogue: The Global Ecological Revolution 261

Appendixes

Appendix A Foods of Southeastern New England Indians, 1600-1675 281

Appendix B Pelts Exported by John Pynchon, 1652-1665 285

Appendix C Profile of Fifteen Inland Massachusetts Towns 285

Appendix D Land Use in Concord, Massachusetts 292

Appendix E Products of the New England Forest, 1840 296

Notes 297

Bibliography 337

Index 377

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