9780190849856

Shrinking the Earth The Rise and Decline of Natural Abundance

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    9780190849856

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    0190849851

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-03-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

The discovery of the Americas around 1500 AD was an extraordinary watershed in human experience. It gave rise to the modern period of human ecology, a phenomenon global in scope that set in motion profound changes in almost every society on earth. This new period, which saw the depletion of the lands of the New World, proved tragic for some, triumphant for others, and powerfully affecting for all.

In this work, acclaimed environmental historian Donald Worster takes a global view in his examination of the ways in which complex issues of worldwide abundance and scarcity have shaped American society and behavior over three centuries. Looking at the limits nature imposes on human ambitions, he questions whether America today is in the midst of a shift from a culture of abundance to a culture of limits--and whether American consumption has become reliant on the global South. Worster engages with key political, economic, and environmental thinkers while presenting his own interpretation of the role of capitalism and government in issues of wealth, abundance, and scarcity. Acknowledging the earth's agency throughout human history, Shrinking the Earth offers a compelling explanation of how we have arrived where we are and a hopeful way forward on a planet that is no longer as large as it once was.

Author Biography


Donald Worster is Honorary Director of the Center for Ecological History at the University of Remnin of China and Hall Distinguished Professor of American History Emeritus at the University of Kansas and. He is the author of many books, including A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir (OUP, 2008); Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930's (OUP, 2004); A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell (OUP, 2000); The Wealth of Nature: Environmental History and the Ecological Imagination (OUP, 1993); and Under Western Skies: Nature and History in the American West (OUP, 1993).

Table of Contents


Prologue: Gatsby's Green Light

Part One: Second Earth
The Age of Abundance Begins
Many Revolutions Follow
Ultimately, Stability
Field Trip: Nantucket Island

Part Two: After the Frontier
The Watershed
Land of Coal and Steel
The Resourceful State
Field Trip: Imperial Valley

Part Three: Planet of Limits
Plunder and Plenty
David Potter's America
A Wolf over the Hill
Earth's Boundaries
Field Trip: Athabasca River

Epilogue: Life on a Pale Blue Dot

Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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