The Wealth of Nature: Environmental History and the Ecological Imagination / Edition 1

The Wealth of Nature: Environmental History and the Ecological Imagination / Edition 1

by Donald Worster, Worster
     
 

Hailed as "one of the most eminent environmental historians of the West" by Alan Brinkley in The New York Times Book Review, Donald Worster is a leader in reshaping the study of American history. Now, in The Wealth of Nature, he offers a series of thoughtful, eloquent essays which lay out his views on environmental history, tying the study of the past to today's… See more details below

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Hailed as "one of the most eminent environmental historians of the West" by Alan Brinkley in The New York Times Book Review, Donald Worster is a leader in reshaping the study of American history. Now, in The Wealth of Nature, he offers a series of thoughtful, eloquent essays which lay out his views on environmental history, tying the study of the past to today's agenda for change.

Worster ranges across such areas as agriculture, water development, land ownership, and other questions, examining them as environmental issues, and demonstrating how they have affected -- and continue to affect -- human settlement. Showing how humanity and nature are inextricably linked, he goes on to examine urban life and history in the context of environmental history, and argues for a comprehensive approach to understanding our past as well as our present in environmental terms.

Reflective and engaging, these essays capture the fascination of environmental history -- and the beauty of nature lost or endangered -- underscoring the importance of intelligent action in the present.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195076240
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/08/1993
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

1The Nature We Have Lost3
2Paths Across the Levee16
3History as Natural History30
4Transformations of the Earth45
5Arranging a Marriage: Ecology and Agriculture64
6A Sense of Soil71
7Good Farming and the Public Good84
8Private, Public, Personal: Americans and the Land95
9The Kingdom, the Power, and the Water112
10Thinking Like a River123
11An End to Ecstasy135
12The Shaky Ground of Sustainable Development142
13The Ecology of Order and Chaos156
14Restoring a Natural Order171
15John Muir and the Roots of American Environmentalism184
16The Wealth of Nature203
Notes221
Index245

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