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The book that launched environmental history now updated. Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize In this landmark work of environmental history, William Cronon offers an original and profound explanation of the effects European colonists' sense of property and their pursuit of capitalism had upon the ecosystems of New England. Reissued here with an updated afterword by the author and a new preface by the distinguished colonialist John Demos,Changes in the Land, provides a brilliant inter-disciplinary interpretation of how land and people influence one another. With its chilling closing line, "The people of plenty were a people of waste," Cronon's enduring and thought-provoking book is ethno-ecological history at its best.
William Cronon is Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Table of Contents
|The View from Walden||p. 3|
|The Ecological Transformation of Colonial New England|
|Landscape and Patchwork||p. 19|
|Seasons of Want and Plenty||p. 34|
|Bounding the Land||p. 54|
|Commodities of the Hunt||p. 82|
|Taking the Forest||p. 108|
|A World of Fields and Fences||p. 127|
|Harvests of Change|
|That Wilderness Should Turn a Mart||p. 159|
|Afterword: The Book That Almost Wasn't||p. 171|
|Bibliographical Essay||p. 223|
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