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Ecological Revolutions : Nature, Gender, and Science in New England - Carolyn Merchant

Ecological Revolutions

Nature, Gender, and Science in New England

Paperback Published: 8th November 2010
ISBN: 9780807871805
Number Of Pages: 424

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With the arrival of European explorers and settlers during the seventeenth century, Native American ways of life and the environment itself underwent radical alterations as human relationships to the land and ways of thinking about nature all changed. This colonial ecological revolution held sway until the nineteenth century, when New England's industrial production brought on a capitalist revolution that again remade the ecology, economy, and conceptions of nature in the region. In "Ecological Revolutions," Carolyn Merchant analyzes these two major transformations in the New England environment between 1600 and 1860.
In a preface to the second edition, Merchant introduces new ideas about narrating environmental change based on gender and the dialectics of transformation, while the revised epilogue situates New England in the context of twenty-first-century globalization and climate change. Merchant argues that past ways of relating to the land could become an inspiration for renewing resources and achieving sustainability in the future.

A fresh approach to American environmental history. . . . Merchant's work makes a significant contribution not only in enriching the field but also in stimulating further work.--The Journal of American History


Merchant has the gift of being able to make plain dirt interesting.--American Historical Review


A meticulous analysis. . . . Merchant presents a fine synthesis of early source materials and recent historical scholarship in a closely argued interpretive framework.--Gender and History


[This book's] scholarship, style and quality of argument should give it a place on the shelves of any investigator of the environment.--International Journal of Environmental Studies


A distinctive, important addition to the theory and practice of environmental history.--Pacific Historical Review


Merchant's search for a usable past recovers plenty of non-patriarchal, nature venerating, animistic, self-sufficient, communalist alternatives in New England's history. . . . Ecological Revolutions is a firm indication of the increasing scope and ambition of environmental history as a second generation of practitioners emerges.--Journal of American Studies


Studying ecological transformations, Merchant includes fascinating analyses of the cultures that corresponded to them. . . . [Her] innovative theoretical approach and her political vision make a substantial contribution to the field.--American Quarterly

Preface to the Second Editionp. xiii
Prefacep. xxiii
Ecology and Historyp. 1
The Colonial Ecological Revolution
Animals into Resourcesp. 29
From Cora Mothers to Puritan Fathersp. 69
The Animate Cosmos of the Colonial Farmerp. 112
The Capitalist Ecological Revolution
Farm Ecology: Subsistence versus Marketp. 149
The Mechanization of Nature: Managing Farms and Forestsp. 198
Nature, Mother, and Industryp. 232
Epilogue: The Global Ecological Revolutionp. 261
Appendixes
Foods of Southeastern New England Indians, 1600-1675p. 281
Pelts Exported by John Pynchon, 1652-1665p. 285
Profile of Fifteen Inland Massachusetts Townsp. 285
Land Use in Concord, Massachusettsp. 292
Products of the New England Forest, 1840p. 296
Notesp. 297
Bibliographyp. 337
Indexp. 377
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ISBN: 9780807871805
ISBN-10: 080787180X
Series: H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 8th November 2010
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised