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Nature and the English Diaspora : Environment and History in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand - Thomas Dunlap

Nature and the English Diaspora

Environment and History in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand

Hardcover Published: 24th October 2012
ISBN: 9780521651738
Number Of Pages: 368

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This book is a comparative history of the development of ideas about nature, particularly of the importance of native nature in the Anglo settler countries of the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. It examines the development of natural history, settlers' adaptations to the end of expansion, scientists' shift from natural history to ecology, and the rise of environmentalism. Addressing not only scientific knowledge but also popular issues from hunting to landscape painting, this book explores the ways in which English-speaking settlers looked at nature in their new lands.

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"Dunlap's fine book, accessible to both scholars and a popular audience, covers many other provocative issues, including early-twentieth-century conservation efforts and late-twentieth-century environmental activism." Suzanne Marshall, History "...what the book does, it does well.Dunlap handles his subjects deftly and concisely. The result is a kind of popularization not unlike that which it celebrates. The book stands to formal historical scholarhsip as the natural history essay does to formal science. It reads like a guided nature walk through environmental history - not a bad way to learn about a new place, or a bad way to introduce the complex settlement history of four nations." Journal of Interdisciplinary History "...very well organized and very well documented." Choice "...very well organized and very well documented." Choice

List of Figuresp. xi
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Invaders, Settlers, Inhabitantsp. 1
Making the Land Familiarp. 19
Natural History and the Construction of Naturep. 21
Remaking Worlds: European Models in New Landsp. 46
Beyond Conquestp. 71
Reaching Limits, 1850-1900p. 73
National Nature, 1880-1920p. 97
Changing Science, 1880-1930p. 139
Finding firm Groundp. 165
Reaching Limits, 1920-1940p. 167
National Nature, 1920-1940p. 190
An Ecological Perspective, 1920-1950p. 219
New Knowledge, New Actionp. 245
New Ideas, Old Problems: The Diffusion of Ecology, 1948-1967p. 247
The New World of Nature: The Debate Transformedp. 275
Epilogue: The Upshotp. 307
Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 343
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ISBN: 9780521651738
ISBN-10: 0521651735
Series: Studies in Environment and History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 24th October 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 14.99  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.61