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American Environmental History

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Dan Allosso

Copyright Year: 2019

ISBN 13: 9781981731732

Publisher: Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project

Language: English

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Reviewed by Nicolas Rosenthal, Professor, Loyola Marymount University on 3/14/22

This textbook on US Environmental History is clearly a reflection of the author’s teaching the subject for many years. In content and style, the reader’s experience is one of moving through a lecture-based course, enhanced by visuals and short... read more

Reviewed by Taryn Oakley, Adjunct Faculty - ESR, Portland Community College on 12/20/21

This text uses an environmental lens to bring readers on a wonderful journey from prehistory through modern times. I was surprised at the amount of content that was packed into this 15-chapter text. Despite the large amount of information, the... read more

Reviewed by Margaret Konkol, Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University on 5/20/21

This book offers a long view of prehistory, early, and modern environmental history. Covering recontact--which emphasizes that North America had 12,000 years of human interaction with its environment before European settlement, colonial North... read more

Reviewed by George Gerdow, Instructor, Northeastern Illinois University on 5/6/20

I am impressed by how much of the history of the Americas is covered. I am used to all too many U.S. History titles giving short shrift to the role First Peoples played, but in this effort they get their due. I am also glad to see an integration,... read more

Reviewed by Nancy Germano, Instructor of History, Butler University on 11/25/19

This much-needed environmental history textbook connects pivotal themes in North American history to the human relationship with nature, beginning with pre-history and continuing into the twenty-first century. It centers North American history... read more

Reviewed by Thomas Klinger, Professor, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on 3/11/19

American Environmental History is an interesting amalgam of physical and cultural anthropology, technological history, political history, and economics. It works very well as a history of North America through a lens of environmental concerns. read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Prehistory
  • Chapter 2: Recontact
  • Chapter 3: Colonial North America
  • Chapter 4: Frontier and Grid
  • Chapter 5: Commons, Mills, Corporations
  • Chapter 6: Transportation Revolution
  • Chapter 7: Commodities, Centers, Peripheries
  • Chapter 8: Green Revolution
  • Chapter 9: City Life
  • Chapter 10: Wilderness and Country Life
  • Chapter 11: Farmers and Agribusiness
  • Chapter 12: Treasures Underground
  • Chapter 13: Limits to Growth?
  • Chapter 14: Economics and Externalities
  • Chapter 15: Food and Choice

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  • About the Book

    For too long the environment has been considered little more than a neutral background to history. This text surveys findings of the new field of Environmental History about how the environment of the Americas influenced the actions of people here and how people affected their environments, from prehistory to the present.

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