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Down to Earth Nature's Role in American History

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ISBN-10: 0195331826

ISBN-13: 9780195331820

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Ted Steinberg

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In this ambitious and provocative text, environmental historian Ted Steinberg offers a sweeping history of the United States--a history that, for the first time, places the environment at the very center of the narrative. Now in a new edition, Down to Earth reenvisions the story of America "from the ground up." It reveals how focusing on plants, animals, climate, and other ecological factors can radically change the way that we think about the past. Examining such familiar topics as colonization, the industrial revolution, slavery, the Civil War, and the emergence of consumer culture, Steinberg recounts how the natural world influenced the course of human history. From the colonists'…    
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments Prologue: Rocks and History
Chaos to Simplicity
Wilderness under Fire
A Truly New World
Reflections from a Woodlot
Rationalization and Its Discontents
A World of Commodities
King Climate in Dixie
The Great Food Fight
Extract the New South
The Unforgiving West
Conservation Reconsidered
Death of the Organic City
Consuming Nature
Moveable Feast
The Secret History of Meat
America in Black and Green
Throwaway Society
Shades of Green
In Corporations We Trust
Notes
Bibliography
Index