Environment and History: The taming of nature in the USA and South Africa

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Overview

The influence of human economies and cultures on ecosystems is particularly striking in the new worlds into which Europeans have expanded over the past five hundred years. Using a comparative and multidisciplinary approach, Beinart and Coates examine this neglected aspect of the history of settler incursion and dominance in two frontier nations, the USA and South Africa. They also seek to explain change in indigenous ideas and practices towards the environment, and discuss the rise of popular environmentalism up to the present day.

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A specialist in South Africa and one in environmental issues (history, U. of Bristol) show parallels between the impact of European expansion on ecosystems in two former British colonies on opposite sides of the world. They also explain changes in indigenous ideas and practices towards the environment and discuss the modern rise of popular environmentalism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415114684
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/10/1995
  • Series: Historical Connections Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 136
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

William Beinart is Reader and Peter Coates Lecturer in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Bristol. William Beinart is the author of Hidden Struggles in Rural South Africa (1987), and Twentieth-Century South Africa (1994). He is the co-editor of Segregation and Apartheid in Twentieth-Century South Africa (1995). Peter Coates is the author of In Nature's Defence (1993).

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Table of Contents

List of maps
Series editors' preface
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
Index 115
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