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The untilled garden : natural history and the spirit of conservation in America, 1740-1840

Author: Richard William Judd
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Series: Studies in environment and history.
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This study traces the origins of conservation thinking in America to the naturalists who explored the middle-western frontier between 1740 and 1840. Their inquiries yielded a comprehensive natural history of America and inspired much of the conservation and ecological thinking we associate with later environmental and ecological philosophy. These explorers witnessed one of the great environmental transformations in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard William Judd
ISBN: 9780521509985 052150998X 9780521729840 052172984X
OCLC Number: 289095967
Description: xi, 318 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Imagination and nature, 1808 --
"A country unknown" : utility and romance in the colonial idea of nature --
Rambles in Eden --
"A despairing curiosity" : creating America's scientific academy --
Power and purpose in the geological record : the scientific beginnings of American romanticism --
Integrated landscapes : mountains, rivers, and forests in the balance of nature --
"A distant intercourse" : animal character and conservation --
From forest to fruitful field : settlement and improvement in the Western wilderness --
The naturalist's mirror : popular science and the roots of romanticism --
Challenging the idea of improvement.
Series Title: Studies in environment and history.
Responsibility: Richard W. Judd.

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"Richard Judd takes us on a lively excursion into the early American backcountry alongside the explorers who travelled through the great Eastern forest as it was being transformed into farmland. Read more...

 
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