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Cronon, William

Works: 126 works in 335 publications in 2 languages and 14,631 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographical television programs  Documentary television programs  Documentary films  Essays  Biographical films  Nonfiction films  Nonfiction television programs  Diaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction, Speaker, Other
Classifications: GF504.N45, 977.311
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Most widely held works by William Cronon
Changes in the land : Indians, colonists, and the ecology of New England by William Cronon( Book )

45 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and held by 2,397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An ecological history of colonial New England, looking at how the shift from Indian to European dominance affected the plant and animal communities of the region
Nature's metropolis : Chicago and the Great West by William Cronon( Book )

19 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and held by 1,829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that the American frontier and city developed together by focusing on Chicago and tracing its roots from Native American habitation to its transformation by white settlement and development
Uncommon ground : toward reinventing nature by William Cronon( Book )

23 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 1,410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nature: the wilderness that environmentalists try to protect from industrial despoliation; the spectacular national parks where people seek refuge from their everyday urban lives; the endangered plants and animals that now need the shelter of science and law to survive; the rain forests, mountains, deserts, oceans, rivers, and lakes we would like to see as unspoiled, unchanging
Under an open sky : rethinking America's Western past by William Cronon( Book )

15 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The history of the American West is being transformed by exciting new ideas, new questions, new scholarship. For many years this field was dominated by popular images of the lone cowboy and the savage Indian, and by Frederick Jackson Turner's concept of the frontier as a steadily advancing source of democracy and social renewal. But now historians and even the merchants of popular culture are reshaping our views of the frontier and the West by taking up a rich array of new subjects, including the stories of diverse peoples as well as the history of the land itself. A new generation of scholars is reformulating the broader questions also: what was the significance of the frontier in American history? what are the bases of western identity? what themes connect the twentieth-century West to its more distant past?" "The transformation of western history continues to be an open-ended, turbulent process. The original essays in this volume are reports from the frontier of change. In their diverging assumptions and conclusions, they reflect the vitality of this field. They succeed when they make the case for new questions and suggest possible answers. They advocate no single agenda. But taken together they well represent the passion and high craft with which scholars are creating a new western history."--Jacket
Public power, private dams : the Hells Canyon High Dam controversy by Karl Boyd Brooks( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With Public Power, Private Dams, Karl Brooks makes an important contribution not only to the history of the Pacific Northwest and the region's anadromous fisheries but also to the environmental history of the United States in the period after World War II."--Jacket
Collected essays on evolution, nature, and the cosmos by Loren C Eiseley( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dreaming of sheep in Navajo country by Marsha L Weisiger( Book )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country offers a fresh interpretation of the history of Navajo (Dine) pastoralism. The dramatic reduction of livestock on the Navajo Reservation in the 1930s - when hundreds of thousands of sheep, goats, and horses were killed - was an ambitious attempt by the federal government to eliminate overgrazing on an arid landscape and to better the lives of the people who lived there. Instead, the policy was a disaster, resulting in the loss of livelihood for Navajos - especially women, the primary owners and tenders of the animals - without significant improvement of the grazing lands. Livestock on the reservation increased exponentially after the late 1860s as more and more people and animals, hemmed in on all sides by Anglo and Hispanic ranchers, tried to feed themselves on an increasingly barren landscape. At the beginning of the twentieth century, grazing lands were showing signs of distress. As soil conditions worsened, weeds unpalatable for livestock pushed out nutritious native grasses, until by the 1930s federal officials believed conditions had reached a critical point. Well-intentioned New Dealers made serious errors in anticipating the human and environmental consequences of removing or killing tens of thousands of animals. Environmental historian Marsha Weisiger examines the factors that led to the poor condition of the range and explains how the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Navajos, and climate change contributed to it. Using archival sources and oral accounts, she describes the importance of land and stock animals in Navajo culture. By positioning women at the center of the story, she demonstrates the place they hold as significant actors in Native American and environmental history. Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country is a compelling and important story that looks at the people and conditions that contributed to a botched policy whose legacy is still felt by the Navajos and their lands today. -- Publisher's website
Frank Lloyd Wright by Ken Burns( Visual )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A two part documentary portrait of the life and work of architecture giant Frank Lloyd Wright, a brilliant, arrogant figure unbowed by scandal and personal tragedy. Part 1 reviews his early personal life and the beginning of his career. Also presents Wright's early architectural creations in the terraced "prairie houses" built in suburban Chicago in the early 1900s, the Larkin Building in New York, the Unity Temple in Oak Park, Ill., Taliesin East in Wisconsin and the Imperial Hotel in Japan
Vacationland : Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country by William Philpott( Book )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Vacationland tells the story of the region's dramatic transformation in the decades after World War II, when a loose coalition of tourist boosters fashioned alluring images of nature in the high country and a multitude of local, state, and federal actors built the infrastructure for high-volume tourism: ski mountains, stocked trout streams, motels, resort villages, and highway improvements that culminated in an entirely new corridor through the Rockies, Interstate 70. Vacationland is more than just the tale of one tourist region. It is a case study of how the consumerism of the postwar years rearranged landscapes and revolutionized American environmental attitudes. Postwar tourists pioneered new ways of relating to nature, forging surprisingly strong personal connections to their landscapes of leisure and in many cases reinventing their lifestyles and identities to make vacationland their permanent home."
My first summer in the Sierra by John Muir( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Famed naturalist John Muir (1838-1914) came to Wisconsin as a boy and studied at the University of Wisconsin. He first came to California in 1868 and devoted six years to the study of the Yosemite Valley. After work in Nevada, Utah, and Colorado, he returned to California in 1880 and made the state his home. One of the heroes of America's conservation movement, Muir deserves much of the credit for making the Yosemite Valley a protected national park and for alerting Americans to the need to protect this and other natural wonders. My first summer in the Sierra (1911) is based on Muir's original journals and sketches of his 1869 stay in the Sierras. Hired to supervise a San Joaquin sheep owner's flock at the headwaters of the Merced and Tulomne Rivers, Muir sets out for the mountains in June, returning to the Valley in September. He describes the flora and fauna of the mountains as well as his visits to Yosemite and his climbs of Mt. Hoffman and other peaks in the range
Eiseley : collected essays on evolution, nature, and the cosmos by Loren C Eiseley( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume gathers The Immense Journey (1957), The Firmament of Time (1960), The Unexpected Universe (1969), and a selection of Eiseley's uncollected prose together
Loren Eiseley : collected essays on evolution, nature, and the cosmos by Loren C Eiseley( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This companion volume presents The Invisible Pyramid (1970), The Night Country (1971), and the essays gathered after his death in The Star Thrower (1978) together
Chicago : the building of an entrepôt city( Visual )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through use of maps, diagrams, paintings, rare photographs, and archival film clips this program examines the settlement and growth of Chicago during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Monumental projects designed to offset the city's high water table, remedy the chronic traffic congestion of the Loop, divert sewage to the Mississippi River and beautify the waterfront are discussed
Car country : an environmental history by Christopher W Wells( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For most people in the United States, going almost anywhere begins with reaching for the car keys. This is true, Christopher Wells argues, because the United States is Car Country-a nation dominated by landscapes that are difficult, inconvenient, and often even unsafe to navigate by those who are not sitting behind the wheel of a car. The prevalence of car-dependent landscapes seems perfectly natural to us today, but it is, in fact, a relatively new historical development. In Car Country, Wells rejects the idea that the nation's automotive status quo can be explained as a simple byproduct of an ardent love affair with the automobile. Instead, he takes readers on a lively tour of the evolving American landscape, charting the ways that new transportation policies and land-use practices have combined to reshape nearly every element of the built environment around the easy movement of automobiles. From the dawn of the motor age to the establishment of the Interstate Highway System and the rise of the suburbs, Wells untangles the complicated relationships between automobiles and the environment, allowing readers to see the everyday world in a completely new way. The result is a history that is essential for understanding American transportation and land-use issues today. -- Book jacket
The lost wolves of Japan by Brett L Walker( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tangled roots : the Appalachian Trail and American environmental politics by Sarah Mittlefehldt( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Appalachian Trail, a thin ribbon of wilderness running through the densely populated eastern United States, offers a refuge from modern society and a place apart from human ideas and institutions. But as environmental historian and thru-hiker Sarah Mittlefehldt argues, the trail is also a conduit for community engagement and a model for public-private cooperation and environmental stewardship. In Tangled Roots, Mittlefehldt tells the story of the trail's creation. The project was one of the first in which the National Park Service attempted to create public wilderness space within heavily populated, privately owned lands. Originally a regional grassroots endeavor, under federal leadership the trail project retained unprecedented levels of community involvement. As citizen volunteers came together and entered into conversation with the National Parks Service, boundaries between 'local' and 'nonlocal, ' 'public' and 'private, ' 'amateur' and 'expert' frequently broke down. Today, as Mittlefehldt tells us, the Appalachian Trail remains an unusual hybrid of public and private efforts and an inspiring success story of environmental protection"--Jacket
The wilderness writings of Howard Zahniser by Howard Zahniser( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Howard Zahniser (1906-1964), executive secretary of The Wilderness Society and editor of The Living Wilderness from 1945 to 1964, is arguably the person most responsible for drafting and promoting the Wilderness Act in 1964. The act, which created the National Wilderness Preservation System, was the culmination of Zahniser's years of tenacious lobbying and his work with conservationists across the nation. In 1964, fifty-four wilderness areas in thirteen states were part of the system; today the number has grown to 757 areas, protecting more than a hundred million acres in forty-four states and Puerto Rico. Zahniser's passion for wild places and his arguments for their preservation were communicated through radio addresses, magazine articles, speeches, and congressional testimony. An eloquent and often poetic writer, he seized every opportunity to make the case for the value of wilderness to people, communities, and the nation. Despite his unquestioned importance and the power of his prose, the best of Zahniser's wilderness writings have never before been gathered in a single volume. This indispensable collection makes available in one place essays and other writings that played a vital role in persuading Congress and the American people that wilderness in the United States deserved permanent protection. Mark Harvey, author of the standard biography of Zahniser, provides prefaces to the essays that outline the contexts in which they were written as well as a general introduction to the man whose vision, decency, and quiet passion shine from the pages of this book. Mark Harvey is professor of history at North Dakota State University and the author of Wilderness Forever : Howard Zahniser and the Path to the Wilderness Act and A Symbol of Wilderness : Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement; "Howard Zahniser authored the Wilderness Act of 1964 and was its most tireless advocate. A quiet, self-effacing man who felt no need to call attention to himself, he was also a graceful and eloquent writer whose essays--widely scattered in hard-to-find periodicals--deserve to be much more widely read than they have been. This first-ever anthology gathers his most important wilderness writings into a single volume to make them available to modern readers as never before"--William Cronon"--
The nature of gold : an environmental history of the Klondike gold rush by Kathryn Taylor Morse( Book )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1896, a small group of prospectors discovered a stunningly rich pocket of gold at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers, and in the following two years thousands of individuals traveled to the area, hoping to find wealth in a rugged and challenging setting. Ever since that time, the Klondike Gold Rush--especially as portrayed in photographs of long lines of gold seekers marching up Chilkoot Pass--has had a hold on the popular imagination. In this environmental history of the gold rush, Kathryn Morse describes how the miners got to the Klondike, the mining technologies they employed, and the complex networks by which they obtained food, clothing, and tools. She looks at the political and economic debates surrounding the valuation of gold and the emerging industrial economy that exploited its extraction in Alaska, and explores the ways in which a web of connections among America's transportation, supply, and marketing industries linked miners to other industrial and agricultural laborers across the country. The profound economic and cultural transformations that supported the Alaska-Yukon gold rush ultimately reverberate to modern times. The story Morse tells is often narrated through the diaries and letters of the miners themselves. The daunting challenges of traveling, working, and surviving in the raw wilderness are illustrated not only by the miners' compelling accounts but by newspaper reports and advertisements. Seattle played a key role as "gateway to the Klondike." A public relations campaign lured potential miners to the West and local businesses seized the opportunity to make large profits while thousands of gold seekers streamed through Seattle
Loving nature, fearing the state : environmentalism and antigovernment politics before Reagan by Brian Allen Drake( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

World fire : the culture of fire on earth by Stephen J Pyne( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pyne traces the role of fire in history and reviews the misuse of fire in the modern world
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Changes in the land : Indians, colonists, and the ecology of New England
Alternative Names
Cronon, Bill

Cronon, Bill, 1954-

Cronon, William

Cronon, William Bill 1954-

Cronon, William J.

William Cronon

William Cronon Amerikaans geograaf

William Cronon Historian

William Cronon US-amerikanischer Umwelthistoriker und Autor

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Nature's metropolis : Chicago and the Great WestUncommon ground : toward reinventing natureUnder an open sky : rethinking America's Western pastPublic power, private dams : the Hells Canyon High Dam controversyDreaming of sheep in Navajo countryMy first summer in the SierraThe lost wolves of JapanThe nature of gold : an environmental history of the Klondike gold rush