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Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle (Lamar Series in Western History)


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At the foot of the snow-capped Cascade Mountains on the forested shores of Puget Sound, Seattle is set in a location of spectacular natural beauty. Boosters of the city have long capitalized on this splendor, recently likening it to the fairytale capital of L. Frank Baumand#8217;s The Wizard of Oz, the Emerald City. But just as Dorothy, Toto, and their traveling companions discover a darker reality upon entering the green gates of the imaginary Emerald City, those who look more closely at Seattleand#8217;s landscape will find that it reveals a history marked by environmental degradation and urban inequality.


This book explores the role of nature in the development of the city of Seattle from the earliest days of its settlement to the present. Combining environmental history, urban history, and human geography, Matthew Klingle shows how attempts to reshape nature in and around Seattle have often ended not only in ecological disaster but also social inequality. The price of Seattleand#8217;s centuries of growth and progress has been paid by its wildlife, including the famous Pacific salmon, and its poorest residents. Klingle proposes a bold new way of understanding the interdependence between nature and culture, and he argues for what he calls an and#147;ethic of place.and#8221; Using Seattle as a compelling case study, he offers important insights for every city seeking to live in harmony with its natural landscape.


About the Author

Matthew Klingle isand#160;associate professor of history and environmental studies, Bowdoin College.

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Kristina Mageau, August 8, 2012 (view all comments by Kristina Mageau)
Although this book goes into great depths about the environmental history of Seattle, it leaves out a lot of details about certain groups of people along the way. The book discusses many groups of people, with men almost always being the only focus. Women are rarely mentioned, and occasionally mentioned in passing. There are other books that shed light on the role that women played in history-- this just isn't one of them.
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Klingle, Matthew
Yale University Press
United States - State & Local - Pacific Northwest
World History-General
Environmental Science
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Lamar Series in Western History
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9.25 x 6.13 in 1.2 lb

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