Nature and the English Diaspora: Environment and History in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand

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This book offers a comparative history of ideas about nature, particularly native nature as a part of the culture, in the Anglo settler countries - the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Addressing not only scientific knowledge but also popular issues such as hunting, common names for plants and animals, landscape painting, and nature stories, this book explores the ways in which English-speaking settlers looked at nature in their new lands and the place they gave it in their societies.
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"Dunlap's fine book, accessible to both scholars and a popular audience, covers many other provocative issues, including early-twentieth-century conservation efforts and late-twentieth-century environmental activism." Suzanne Marshall, History

"...what the book does, it does well.Dunlap handles his subjects deftly and concisely. The result is a kind of popularization not unlike that which it celebrates. The book stands to formal historical scholarhsip as the natural history essay does to formal science. It reads like a guided nature walk through environmental history - not a bad way to learn about a new place, or a bad way to introduce the complex settlement history of four nations." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"...very well organized and very well documented." Choice

"...very well organized and very well documented." Choice

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Invaders, Settlers, Inhabitants 1
Sect. 1 Making the Land Familiar 19
1 Natural History and the Construction of Nature 21
2 Remaking Worlds: European Models in New Lands 46
Sect. 2 Beyond Conquest 71
3 Reaching Limits, 1850-1900 73
4 National Nature, 1880-1920 97
5 Changing Science, 1880-1930 139
Sect. 3 Finding Firm Ground 165
6 Reaching Limits, 1920-1940 167
7 National Nature, 1920-1940 190
8 An Ecological Perspective, 1920-1950 219
Sect. 4 New Knowledge, New Action 245
9 New Ideas, Old Problems: The Diffusion of Ecology, 1948-1967 247
10 The New World of Nature: The Debate Transformed 275
Epilogue: The Upshot 307
Bibliography 317
Index 343
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