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The American Environment: Historical Geographic Interpretations of Impact and Policy

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Overview

In recent decades, historical geographers have left study of nature-culture interactions to others, most notably to environmental historians. This collection, written specially for this volume, reveals a renewed commitment by, and a rapidly accelerating research agenda for, historical geographers interested in environmental issues. Following an introductory literature review, each case study explores either the direct unplanned impact of humans on the natural environment or the deliberate management policies designed to shape that impact. 'From their stronghold of applied historical geography, the contributors to this volume demonstrate the utility of the historical approach in the study and management of the environment. It hopefully signals a renewed interest in the field by workers whose lineage is from the human side of the continuum.' —Stanley W. Trimble, from the preface.

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Editorial Reviews

Professional Geographer
The book is worthy of attention by all who are interested in historical and environmental history. . . . A fine collection.
The Geographical Journal
A widely ranging and well-documented collection . . . well and usefully illustrated with valuable notes to each chapter. The editors must be congratulated.
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Meet the Author

Lary M. Dilsaver is professor of geography at the University of South Alabama. Craig E. Colten is senior project manager at PHR Environmental Consultants

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Early Explorations in Impact and Policy Chapter 3 Primary Economies and Resource Exploitation Chapter 4 Management and Environmental Change Chapter 5 Playing With Nature

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