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Down to earth : nature's role in American history

Author: Theodore Steinberg
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An innovative and provocative new approach to understanding American history turns readers attention to nature as the primary force shaping the course of the United States.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore Steinberg
ISBN: 0195140109 9780195140101 0195140095 9780195140095
OCLC Number: 59346763
Awards: Winner of National Outdoor Book Awards (Nature/Environment) 2002
Description: xiv, 347 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits, facsimiles ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Rocks and history --
Chaos to simplicity. Wilderness under fire --
A truly new world --
Reflections from a woodlot --
Rationalization and its discontents. A world of commodities --
King climate in Dixie --
The great food fight --
Extracting the New South --
The unforgiving west --
Conservation reconsidered --
Death of the organic city --
Consuming nature. Moveable feast --
The secret history of meat --
America in black and green --
Throwaway society --
Shades of green --
Planet U.S.A. --
Conclusion: Disney takes on the animal kingdom.
Responsibility: Ted Steinberg.

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"Steinberg, a professor of history and law at Case Western Reserve University, deftly summarizes much of the last 30 years of scholarship in environmental history and arranges the resulting stories Read more...

 
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