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The powerful historical insights already achieved in comparing the racial systems and frontier societies of the US and South Africa are extended in this challenging text. Environment and History is covers a broad sweep of environmental history in a particularly revealing context. The intrusive capitalist systems that came to dictate human relations with nature in the US and South Africa created frontier societies geared to the gobbling of natural resources.
Environment and History gives a valuable historical perspective on many of the "green" issues at the forefront of public interest. It should be read by anyone interested in the historical setting for these vital contemporary issues.
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|Series editors' preface|
|1||The nature of environmental history: the United States and South Africa compared||1|
|2||Hunting and animals: from game to wildlife||17|
|3||The fall and rise of trees: forests, felling and forestry||34|
|4||Agriculture: exploitation unlimited and limited||51|
|5||Nature reserves and national parks: revaluing and renaturing the wild||72|
|6||From conservation to environmentalism and beyond||93|