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The Environment in American History : Nature and the Formation of the United States, Paperback / softback Book

The Environment in American History : Nature and the Formation of the United States Paperback / softback


From pre-European contact to the present day, people living in what is now the United States have constantly manipulated their environment.

The use of natural resources - animals, plants, minerals, water, and land - has produced both prosperity and destruction, reshaping the land and human responses to it.

The Environment in American History is a clear and comprehensive account that vividly shows students how the environment played a defining role in the development of American society. Organized in thirteen chronological chapters, and extensively illustrated, the book covers themes including:Native peoples' manipulation of the environment across various regionsThe role of Old World livestock and diseases in European conquestsPlantation agriculture and slaveryWestward expansion and the exploitation of natural resourcesEnvironmental influences on the Civil War and World War IIThe emergence and development of environmental activismIndustrialization, and the growth of cities and suburbsEcological restoration and climate changeEach chapter includes a selection of primary documents, and the book is supported by a robust companion website that provides further resources for students and instructors.

Drawing on current scholarship, Jeff Crane has created a vibrant and engaging survey that is a key resource for all students of American environmental history.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 440 pages, Follow Latin America Since Independence; 20 Halftones, black and white; 10 Illustrations,
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9780415808729



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