The Wealth Of Nature: Environmental History and the Ecological Imagination

Donald Worster


The Wealth Of Nature: Environmental History and the Ecological Imagination

The Wealth Of Nature: Environmental History and the Ecological Imagination

  • Title: The Wealth Of Nature: Environmental History and the Ecological Imagination
  • Author: Donald Worster
  • ISBN: 9780195076240
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Hardcover



Hailed as one of the most eminent environmental historians of the West by Alan Brinkley in The New York Times Book Review, Donald Worster has been a leader in reshaping the study of American history Winner of the prestigious Bancroft Prize for his book Dust Bowl, Worster has helped bring humanity s interaction with nature to the forefront of historical thinking Now, inHailed as one of the most eminent environmental historians of the West by Alan Brinkley in The New York Times Book Review, Donald Worster has been a leader in reshaping the study of American history Winner of the prestigious Bancroft Prize for his book Dust Bowl, Worster has helped bring humanity s interaction with nature to the forefront of historical thinking Now, in The Wealth of Nature, he offers a series of thoughtful, eloquent essays which lay out his views on environmental history, tying the study of the past to today s agenda for change The Wealth of Nature captures the fruit of what Worster calls my own intellectual turning to the land History, he writes, represents a dialogue between humanity and nature though it is usually reported as if it were simple dictation Worster takes as his point of departure the approach expressed early on by Aldo Leopold, who stressed the importance of nature in determining human history, Leopold pointed out that the spread of bluegrass in Kentucky, for instance, created new pastures and fed the rush of American settlers across the Appalachians, which affected the contest between Britain, France, and the U.S for control of the area Worster s own work offers an even subtly textured understanding, noting in this example, for instance, that bluegrass itself was an import from the Old World which supplanted native vegetation a form of environmental imperialism He ranges across such areas as agriculture, water development, and other questions, examining them as environmental issues, showing how they have affected and continue to affect human settlement Environmental history, he argues, is not simply the history of rural andwilderness areas cities clearly have a tremendous impact on the land, on which they depend for their existence He argues for a comprehensive approach to understanding our past as well as our present in environmental terms Nostalgia runs all through this society, Worster write


Recent Comments "The Wealth Of Nature: Environmental History and the Ecological Imagination"

Although it is a little dated at over 20 years, the ideas still hold true and Worster covers them well.


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