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

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bancroft Prize-winning historian Worster ( Dust Bowl ) writes with a deep understanding of nature and its place in human affairs. In these lucid, authoritative essays, he ranges through American history to explore the people, ideas and economic developments that have shaped our attitudes and behaviors toward the land. The ecological crisis, he stresses, is `` the crisis of modern culture,'' brought on by modernity's materialism. Several pieces address the roles of population growth, technology and the market economy in the degradation of the environment. Others exhibit a narrower focus, e.g., how Protestantism helped shape John Muir and other environmental reformers. Worster's examinations of the myths and realities behind our interaction with nature provide a needed perspective. (May)
Library Journal
This collection of 16 essays concerns the impact on nature of Judeo-Christian belief, Adam Smith's economic theories, and humankind generally and also offers a historical perspective on the growth of environmental history. A common theme is Aldo Leopold's idea of a ``land ethic.'' Worster shares his own awakening of environmental consciousness, and the essays reflect a diversity of sources and information. Environmental historians must be able to digest and understand data from science as well as other academic disciplines. Worster excels at this task; that, and his forthrightness and willingness to express opinions, make this book a winner. Recommended for both general readers and specialists in the field.-- Patricia Owens, Wabash Valley Coll . , Mt. Carmel, Ill .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195092646
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 9.19 (w) x 3.13 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Donald Worster is Hall Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Kansas. His books include Under Western Skies, Dust Bowl, and Rivers of Empire.

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Table of Contents

1 The Nature We Have Lost 3
2 Paths Across the Levee 16
3 History as Natural History 30
4 Transformations of the Earth 45
5 Arranging a Marriage: Ecology and Agriculture 64
6 A Sense of Soil 71
7 Good Farming and the Public Good 84
8 Private, Public, Personal: Americans and the Land 95
9 The Kingdom, the Power, and the Water 112
10 Thinking Like a River 123
11 An End to Ecstasy 135
12 The Shaky Ground of Sustainable Development 142
13 The Ecology of Order and Chaos 156
14 Restoring a Natural Order 171
15 John Muir and the Roots of American Environmentalism 184
16 The Wealth of Nature 203
Notes 221
Index 245
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