In this pioneering study, white explores the relationship between the natural history of the Columbia River and the human history of the Pacific Northwest for both whites and Native Americans. He concentrates on what brings humans and the river together: not only the physical space of the region but also, and primarily, energy and work.
The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River Hill and Wang Critical Issues - . For working with the river has been central to Pacific Northwesterners' competing ways of life.
The Pacific Northwest: An Interpretive History Revised and Enlarged EditionUniversity of Nebraska Press - This edition contains significant additional material on early mining in the Pacific Northwest, the impact of the Klondike gold rush, sea routes to Oregon in the early discovery and contact period, the environment of the region, and politics since 1945. Carlos arnaldo schwantes has revised and expanded the entire work, which is still the most comprehensive and balanced history of the region.
The author has also expanded discussion of the roles of women and minorities and updated statistical information. Recent environmental controversies, such as endangered salmon runs and the spotted owl dispute, have been addressed, as has the effect of the Cold War on the region’s economy.
The Great AccelerationHarvard University Press - Humans have altered the planet’s biogeochemical systems without consciously managing them. The great acceleration explains the causes, consequences, and uncertainties of this massive uncontrolled experiment. The pace of energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and population growth has thrust the planet into a new age—the Anthropocene.
Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New EnglandHill and Wang - With the tools of both historian and ecologist, Cronon constructs an interdisciplinary analysis of how the land and the people influenced one another, and how that complex web of relationships shaped New England's communities. Winner of the francis parkman prizechanges in the Land offers an original and persuasive interpretation of the changing circumstances in New England's plant and animal communities that occurred with the shift from Indian to European dominance.
Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great WestW. W. Norton & Company - Jackson, Boston Globe. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and Winner of the Bancroft Prize. No one has written a better book about a city…Nature's Metropolis is elegant testimony to the proposition that economic, powerful, and business history can be as graceful, urban, environmental, and fascinating as a novel.
Energy Transitions: History, Requirements, ProspectsPraeger - This bold and controversial argument shows why energy transitions are inherently complex and prolonged affairs, and how ignoring this fact raises unrealistic expectations that the United States and other global economies can be weaned quickly from a primary dependency on fossil fuels. Includes case studies of energy transitions in eight nations• Presents graphs of energy transitions on global and national scales, showing both common features and idiosyncratic patterns• Features photographs of the containment vessel of America's first nuclear reactor and of a stationary gas turbine• Provides a thorough bibliography.
Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World The Global Century SeriesW. W. Norton & Company - Refreshingly unpolemical and at times even witty, McNeill's book brims with carefully sifted statistics and brilliant details. Washington post book worldthe history of the twentieth century is most often told through its world wars, the rise and fall of communism, or its economic upheavals. Based on exhaustive research, mcneill's story—a compelling blend of anecdotes, data, and shrewd analysis—never preaches: it is our definitive account.
. To a degree unprecedented in human history, and soil, we have refashioned the earth's air, water, and the biosphere of which we are a part. R. This is a volume in The Global Century Series general editor, Paul Kennedy. Mcneill gives us our first general account of what may prove to be the most significant dimension of the twentieth century: its environmental history.
Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World The Global Century Series - In his startling new book, J.
Conservation in the Progressive Era: Classic Texts Weyerhaeuser Environmental ClassicsUniversity of Washington Press - These lively selections provoke unexpected questions and ideas about many of the significant environmental issues facing us today. Conservation was the first nationwide political movement in American history to grapple with environmental problems like waste, resource exhaustion, pollution, and sustainability.
At its height, the conservation movement was a critical aspect of the broader reforms undertaken in the Progressive Era 1890-1910, as the rapidly industrializing nation struggled to protect human health, natural beauty, and "national efficiency. This highly effective Progressive Era movement was distinct from earlier conservation efforts and later environmentalist reforms.
Conservation in the Progressive Era: Classic Texts Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics - Conservation in the progressive Era places conservation in historical context, using the words of participants in and opponents to the movement. Together, the documents collected here reveal the various and sometimes conflicting uses of the term "conservation" and the contested nature of the reforms it described.
This collection includes classic texts by such well-known figures as Theodore Roosevelt, as well as texts from lesser-known but equally important voices that are often overlooked in environmental studies: those of rural communities, Gifford Pinchot, women, and John Muir, and the working class.
Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930sOxford University Press - He outlines some solutions that have been proposed, antelope, " where deer, bison and elk would once more roam freely, such as "the Buffalo Commons, and suggests that we may yet witness a Great Plains where native flora and fauna flourish while applied ecologists show farmers how to raise food on land modeled after the natural prairies that once existed.
. Donald worster's classic chronicle of the devastating years between 1929 and 1939 tells the story of the Dust Bowl in ecological as well as human terms. Now, twenty-five years after his book helped to define the new field of environmental history, Worster shares his more recent thoughts on the subject of the land and how humans interact with it.
Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s - In a new afterword, he links the dust bowl to current political, and the on-going problem of desertification, economic and ecological issues--including the American livestock industry's exploitation of the Great Plains, which has now become a global phenomenon. He reflects on the state of the plains today and the threat of a new dustbowl.
In the mid 1930s, north america's Great Plains faced one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in world history.
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised EditionPenguin Books - He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U. S. Army corps of engineers, in the competition to transform the West. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecological and economic disaster.
In his landmark book, cadillac desert, marc reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. Based on more than a decade of research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden--an Eden that may only be a mirage.
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition - This edition includes a new postscript by lawrie mott, that updates Western water issues over the last two decades, a former staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, including the long-term impact of climate change and how the region can prepare for the future. The definitive work on the West's water crisis.
Newsweekthe story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water.
Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in AmericaThe University of North Carolina Press - In this social and cultural history of swimming pools in the United States, Jeff Wiltse relates how, over the years, leisure resorts for the masses, pools have served as asylums for the urban poor, and private clubs for middle-class suburbanites. As sites of race riots, and conspicuous leisure, shrinking swimsuits, swimming pools reflect many of the tensions and transformations that have given rise to modern America.
From nineteenth-century public baths to today's private backyard havens, swimming pools have long been a provocative symbol of American life.