Changes in the Land, Revised Edition: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England

Changes in the Land, Revised Edition: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809016341
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 09/01/2003
Edition description: Revised, 20th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 90,754
Product dimensions: 8.08(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

William Cronon is the Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. His book Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West won the Bancroft Prize in 1992.

Table of Contents

Part I.Looking Backward
1The View from Walden3
Part II.The Ecological Transformation of Colonial New England
2Landscape and Patchwork19
3Seasons of Want and Plenty34
4Bounding the Land54
5Commodities of the Hunt82
6Taking the Forest108
7A World of Fields and Fences127
Part III.Harvests of Change
8That Wilderness Should Turn a Mart159
Afterword: The Book That Almost Wasn't171
Bibliographical Essay223

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Changes in the Land, Revised Edition: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very fascinating take on colonial history, one that I hope more historians will research. This books looks at history from an ecological approach--how Native American snd European land practices affected the landscape of colonial America. Native Americans seemed much more in tune with their physical environment and altered their landscape in order to maximize it's potential, while European settlers altered the landscape to make it more like their homelands, and in the process, greatly changed the vegetation, wildlife, and even the climate of New England. It was an eye-opener on how wasteful we were, even from earliest moments of European settlement. It is a must read
Guest More than 1 year ago
Changes in the Land gives a whole new take on the implications of the colonization of early America. Cronan sensitively and sensibly outlines the underlying elements in the 'success' story of colonial America, and the dire consequences for its original inhabitants.
BobEverett on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Keeping in mind that my interest in all books in this collection relates to my research regarding the Podunks. To my knowledge there is not a composite publication in their regard. As a result my reviews are for the greatest part deal with their contribution to this effort.Changes in the Land is an interesting treatise regarding the "ecology of New England" relative to how the Native Americans contributed as well as the early colonists from western Europe. Of this entire publication, what has proven most valuable to me is the 30 page Biographical Essay which is well written and useful for anyone wishing to learn more about the environment of New England when the first settlers arrived.Likely what will prove most surprising to many is the great variety that New England's topography offers.
sherief on LibraryThing 7 months ago
William Cronon is a genius, particularly how he frames the conflict between Indians and Colonists as a conflict between different systems of property ownership and to see how this intersected with the ecological processes and landscape of the region. In Cronon's analysis, although we still see how the English, with their newfound love for the commodity and the market, are still blameworthy, they were not the only ones involved in the scope of these changes as even beavers and bees took part in the creation of new lands and new markets.