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Changes in the Land, Revised Edition: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England



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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.

Author Biography

William Cronon is Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Looking Backward
The View from Waldenp. 3
The Ecological Transformation of Colonial New England
Landscape and Patchworkp. 19
Seasons of Want and Plentyp. 34
Bounding the Landp. 54
Commodities of the Huntp. 82
Taking the Forestp. 108
A World of Fields and Fencesp. 127
Harvests of Change
That Wilderness Should Turn a Martp. 159
Afterword: The Book That Almost Wasn'tp. 171
Notesp. 187
Bibliographical Essayp. 223
Indexp. 253
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