Out of the Woods: Essays in Environmental History

Overview


Through the pages of Environmental History Review, now Environmental History, an entire discipline has been created and defined over time through the publication of the finest scholarship by humanists, social and natural scientists, and other professionals concerned with the complex relationship between people and our global environment.  Out of the Woods gathers together the best of this scholarship.

Covering a broad array of topics and reflecting the continuing ...

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Overview


Through the pages of Environmental History Review, now Environmental History, an entire discipline has been created and defined over time through the publication of the finest scholarship by humanists, social and natural scientists, and other professionals concerned with the complex relationship between people and our global environment.  Out of the Woods gathers together the best of this scholarship.

Covering a broad array of topics and reflecting the continuing diversity within the field of environmental history, Out of the Woods begins with three theoretical pieces by William Cronon, Carolyn Merchant, and Donald Worster probing the assumptions that underlie the words and ideas historians use to analyze human interaction with the physical world.  One of these - the concept of place - is the subject of a second group of essays.  The political context is picked up in the third section, followed by a selection of some of the journal’s most recent contributions discussing the intersection between urban and environmental history.  Water’s role in defining the contours of the human and natural landscape is undeniable and forms the focus of the fifth section.  Finally, the global character of environmental issues emerges in three compelling articles by Alfred Crosby, Thomas Dunlap, and Stephen Pyne.

Of interest to a wide range of scholars in environmental history, law, and politics, Out of the Woods is intended as a reader for course use and a benchmark for the field of environmental history as it continues to develop into the next century.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The evolution of environmental history is chronicled in this compilation of 18 essays from the first 19 volumes of Environmental History Review and its predecessor, Environmental Review. Reflecting the interdisciplinary character of the field, six chapters explore its changing status and shifting perspectives since the 1960s. Authors include William Cronin, who discusses Americans' perception of wilderness; Robert Gottlieb, who wants the environmental movement's agenda and membership to include issues relevant to women and minorities; and Donald Pisani, who addresses the issue of Native American water rights in the West. The editors supply a succinct account of the journal as it mirrors the unfolding scope of environmental history. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.Patricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley Coll., Mt. Carmel, Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822939825
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.47 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ideas Matter 1
The Ecology of Order and Chaos 3
The Theoretical Structure of Ecological Revolutions 18
The Trouble with Wilderness: Or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature 28
Place Settings 51
The Earliest Cultural Landscapes of England 53
Landschaft and Linearity: Two Archetypes of Landscape 64
Environmental Change in Colonial New Mexico 79
Green Politics 99
From Conservation to Environment: Environmental Politics in the United States Since World War II 101
The Evolution of Public Environmental Policy: The Case of "No-Significant Deterioration" 127
Reconstructing Environmentalism: Complex Movements, Diverse Roots 144
Urban Fields 161
Searching for a "Sink" for an Industrial Waste 163
Personal Boundaries in the Urban Environment: The Legal Attack on Noise, 1865-1930 181
Equity, Eco-racism, and Environmental History 194
Water Works 213
Rice, Water, and Power: Landscapes of Domination and Resistance in the Lowcountry, 1790-1880 215
"Damned at Both Ends and Cursed in the Middle": The "Flowage" of the Concord River Meadows, 1798-1862 227
Irrigation, Water Rights, and the Betrayal of Indian Allotment 243
Global Village 261
Biotic Change in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand 263
Australian Nature, European Culture: Anglo Settlers in Australia 273
Nataraja: India's Cycle of Fire 290
Notes 309
Index 363
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