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National parks : the American experience

Author: Alfred Runte
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Pub. Group, 2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This broad survey of the development of the national parks in the United States begins with the thesis that the first parks were established not in the name of environmental protection, but rather out of a sense of nationalism. Park boundaries were often dictated by commercial interests, since the concept of the "ecosystem" didn't fully evolve until the twentieth century.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alfred Runte
ISBN: 9781589794740 1589794745 1282523287 9781282523289
OCLC Number: 609860177
Description: 1 online resource (339 pages)
Contents: Prologue: Paradise lost --
The American West --
Yellowstone --
Worthless lands --
The march of monumentalism --
See America first --
Complete conservation --
Ecology denied --
Schemers and standard-bearers --
Tradition triumphant --
The lesson of the big trees --
Ideals and controversies of expansion --
Decision in Alaska --
Into the twenty-first century : encirclement and uncertainty --
Epilogue: The future of national parks.
Responsibility: Alfred Runte.

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This broad survey of the development of the national parks in the United States begins with the thesis that the first parks were established not in the name of environmental protection, but rather out of a sense of nationalism. Park boundaries were often dictated by commercial interests, since the concept of the "ecosystem" didn't fully evolve until the twentieth century.

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