The Natural West offers essays reflecting the natural history of the American West as written by one of its most respected environmental historians. Developing a provocative theme, Dan Flores asserts that Western environmental history cannot be explained by examining place, culture, or policy alone, but should be understood within the context of a universal human nature.
The Natural West entertains the notion that we all have a biological nature that helps explain some of our attitudes towards the environment. FLores also explains the ways in which various cultures-including the Comanches, New Mexico Hispanos, Mormons, Texans, and Montanans-interact with the environment of the West.
Gracefully moving between the personal and the objective, Flores intersperses his writings with literature, scientific theory, and personal reflection. The topics cover a wide range-from historical human nature regarding animals and exploration, to the environmental histories of particular Western bioregions, and finally, to Western restoration as the great environmental theme of the twenty-first century.
|Publisher:||University of Oklahoma Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Dan Flores is retired as A. B. Hammond Professor of History at the University of Montana, Missoula. He is the author of numerous books, including Visions of the Big Sky: Painting and Photographing the Northern Rocky Mountain West and The Natural West: Environmental History in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations||ix|
|Introduction: An Art of People and Place||3|
|1.||Nature's Children: Environmental History as Human Natural History||9|
|2.||The Ecology of the Red River in 1806: Peter Custis and Early Southwestern Natural History||29|
|3.||Bison Ecology and Bison Diplomacy Redux: Another Look at the Southern Plains from 1800 to 1850||50|
|4.||Dreams and Beasts: The Grizzly and the West||71|
|5.||Place: Thinking about Bioregional History||89|
|6.||Islands in the Desert: The Rocky Mountains in Environmental History||107|
|7.||Zion in Eden: Phases of the Environmental History of Utah||124|
|8.||The Rocky Mountain West: Fragile Space, Diverse Place||145|
|9.||A Long Love Affair with an Uncommon County: Environmental History and the Future of the Great Plains||164|
|10.||The West That Was, and the West That Can Be: Western Restoration and the Twenty-first Century||183|
|Appendix||Discoveries of Peter Custis||201|