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URL :  American Environmental History
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Author : Dan Allosso
Detail : 2019 | PDF | 36.7 Mb | 323 pages

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eBook License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

Environmental History is about looking at the past as if the environment matters. American History is about looking at the past of not only the United States, but of both the American continents. This wider view is especially important when we realize that people occupied the Americas for over 15,000 years before Europeans arrived and that when they came to the Americas, Europeans focused their interest for centuries on areas that are not part of the current United States. As we get closer to the present, we will focus more on the U.S., but we’ll try to remind ourselves from time to time that we’re not the only nation in the Americas by considering how other nations have experienced and affected the environment.

Not that long ago the world seemed so big and human actions seemed comparatively so small that it was easy to ignore our effect on the world around us. Today we understand that people have a big impact on our surroundings. And we’re becoming aware that our environment has played an important part in our individual lives and in the growth of our cultures. Instead of being just a neutral backdrop, the environment is now recognized as a powerful shaper of human choices. That is, history. (From Author)

eBook Contents


Introduction - Prehistory - Recontact - Colonial North America - Frontier and Grid - Commons, Mills, Corporations - Transportation Revolution - Commodities, Centers, Peripheries - Green Revolution - City Life - Wilderness and Country Life - Farmers and Agribusiness - Treasures Underground - Limits to Growth? - Economics and Externalities - Food and Choice
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