Green Versus Gold: Sources in California's Environmental History / Edition 1

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<p>While the state of California remains one of the most striking and varied landscapes in the world, it has experienced monumental changes since European settlers first set foot there. The past two centuries have witnessed an ongoing struggle between environment and economy, nature and humanity that has left an indelible mark on the region.<p>Green Versus Gold provides a compelling look at California's environmental history from its Native American past to conflicts and movements of recent decades. Acclaimed environmental historian Carolyn Merchant has brought together a vast storehouse of primary sources and interpretive essays to create a comprehensive picture of the history of ecological and human interactions in one of the nation's most diverse and resource-rich states.<p>For each chapter, Merchant has selected original documents that give readers an eyewitness account of specific environments and periods, along with essays from leading historians, geographers, scientists, and other experts that provide context and analysis for the documents. In addition, she presents a list of further readings of both primary and secondary sources. Among other topics, chapters examine.<p><li>California's natural environment and Native American lands <li>the Spanish and Russian frontiers <li>environmental impacts of the gold rush <li>the transformation of forests and rangelands <li>agriculture and irrigation <li>cities and urban issues <li>the rise of environmental science and contemporary environmental movement.<p>Merchant's informed and well-chosen selections present a unique view of decades of environmental change and controversy. Historians, educators, environmentalists, writers, students, scientists, policy makers, and others will find the book an enlightening and important contribution to the debate over our nation's environmental history.
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Editorial Reviews

A collection of analytical essays and primary source documents ranging in time from 1774 to 1994 explore the history of environmental usage, degradation, and conservation struggles in California. The selections are divided into sections on the natural environment, the use of Indian lands, Spanish and Russian encounters with California, the impact of the gold rush, timber exploitation, the abuse of rangelands, the growth of the hydraulic "empire," the transition from family farms to agribusiness, park preservation, battles over energy, the urban environment, environmental science, and contemporary environmental movements. The works of such notables as Mark Twain, Judi Bari, John Steinbeck, and Cesar Chavez, as well as less famous ranchers, loggers, Native Americans, and foreign explorers are included in the documents. In addition, the editor contributes an essay on the future of environmental ethics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559635806
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 511
  • Sales rank: 1,103,860
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn Merchant is professor of environmental history, philosophy, and ethics at the University of California, Berkeley. She is author of numerous books including The Death of Nature (Harper San Francisco, 1990) and Earthcare (Routledge, 1995).

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Table of Contents

Table of Figures
Introduction: The Fate of Nature in the Golden State
Chapter 1. California's Natural Environment
Chapter 2. Indian Lands
Chapter 3. The Spanish and Russian Frontiers
Chapter 4. Environmental Impacts of the Gold Rush
Chapter 5. Forests Transformed
Chapter 6. Rangelands Exploited
Chapter 7. Building the Hydraulic Empire
Chapter 8. From the Family Farm to Agribusiness
Chapter 9. Preserving Parks
Chapter 10. Battles over Energy
Chapter 11. Second Nature: California Cities
Chapter 12. The Rise of Environmental Science
Chapter 13. Revisioning California: Contemporary Environmental Movements
Conclusion:  Environmental Ethics and California's Future
Author Index
Subject Index
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