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Nature and the English Diaspora
Environment and History in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand

Part of Studies in Environment and History

  • Date Published: December 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521657006


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  • First published in 1999, this book is a comparative history of the development of ideas about nature, particularly of the importance of native nature as a part of the culture in the Anglo settler countries of the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. It examines the development of natural history in the great nineteenth-century expansion of settlement. It explores settlers' adaptations to the end of expansion and scientists' shift from natural history to ecology. Finally it analyzes the diffusion of ecology through the Anglo world and to the general population as well as the rise of environmentalism. Addressing not only scientific knowledge, but also popular issues such as hunting, common names for plants and animals, landscape painting, and nature stories, this book explores the ways in which English-speaking settlers looked at nature in their new lands and at the place they gave it in their societies.

    • Broad in geographical and chronological scope
    • Analyzes the sweep of change in nature knowledge over the last two centuries, from natural history to ecology
    • Explores the interaction of expert and popular knowledge in an area in which everyone has experience and ideas
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    • Date Published: December 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521657006
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Making the Land Familiar:
    1. Natural history and the construction of nature
    2. Remaking worlds: European models in New Lands
    Part II. Beyond Conquest:
    3. Reaching limits, 1850–1900
    4. National nature, part I
    5. Changing science, 1880–1930
    Part III. Finding Firm Ground:
    6. Reaching limits, 1920–40
    7. National nature, part II
    8. An ecological perspective, 1920–50
    Part IV. New Knowledge, New Action:
    9. The diffusion of ecology, 1948–67
    10. The new world of nature.

  • Author

    Thomas Dunlap, Texas A & M University

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