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Ecological Revolutions: Nature, Gender, and Science in New England

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By exploring the stages of ecological transformation that took place in New England as European settlers took control of the land, Carolyn Merchant develops a fresh approach to environmental history. Her analysis of how human communities are related to their environment opens a perspective that goes beyond overt changes in the landscape.

Merchant brings to light the dense network of links between the human realm of economic regimes, social structure, and gender relations, as they are conditioned by a dominant worldview, and the ecological realm of plant and animal life. Thus we see how the integration of the Indians with their natural world was shattered by Europeans who engaged in exhaustive methods of hunting, trapping, and logging for the market and in widespread subsistence farming. The resulting "colonial ecological revolution" was to hold sway until roughly the time of American independence, when the onset of industrialization and increasing urbanization brought about the "capitalist ecological revolution." By the late nineteenth century, Merchant argues, New England had become a society that viewed the whole ecosphere as an arena for human domination. One can see in New England a "mirror of the world," she says. What took place there between 1600 and 1850 was a greatly accelerated recapitulation of the evolutionary ecological changes that had occurred in Europe over a span of 2,500 years.

Synopsis:

With the arrival of European explorers and settlers during the seventeenth century, Native American ways of life and the environment itself underwent radical alterations as human relationships to the land and ways of thinking about nature all changed. This colonial ecological revolution held sway until the nineteenth century, when New England's industrial production brought on a capitalist revolution that again remade the ecology, economy, and conceptions of nature in the region. In Ecological Revolutions, Carolyn Merchant analyzes these two major transformations in the New England environment between 1600 and 1860.

In a preface to the second edition, Merchant introduces new ideas about narrating environmental change based on gender and the dialectics of transformation, while the revised epilogue situates New England in the context of twenty-first-century globalization and climate change. Merchant argues that past ways of relating to the land could become an inspiration for renewing resources and achieving sustainability in the future.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [327]-362).

About the Author

Carolyn Merchant is professor of environmental history, philosophy, and ethics in the Department of Conservation and Resource Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807842546
Author:
Merchant, Carolyn
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
New england
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Human ecology -- Philosophy -- History.
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
New England; environmental studies; women; American studies
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
New England; Ecology; Puritans; Thoreau; Native Americans; Agriculture; Colonialism; Industrialization; capitalism; Beaver Trade; corn; beans; squash; Mechanical Worldview; Farmers almanacs; White Pine trees; sawmills; feminism; steam engine; production;
Subject:
New England; Ecology; Puritans; Thoreau; Native Americans; Agriculture; Colonialism; Industrialization; capitalism; Beaver Trade; corn; beans; squash; Mechanical Worldview; Farmers almanacs; White Pine trees; sawmills; feminism; steam engine; production;
Subject:
New England; Ecology; Puritans; Thoreau; Native Americans; Agriculture; Colonialism; Industrialization; capitalism; Beaver Trade; corn; beans; squash; Mechanical Worldview; Farmers almanacs; White Pine trees; sawmills; feminism; steam engine; production;
Subject:
New England; Ecology; Puritans; Thoreau; Native Americans; Agriculture; Colonialism; Industrialization; capitalism; Beaver Trade; corn; beans; squash; Mechanical Worldview; Farmers almanacs; White Pine trees; sawmills; feminism; steam engine; production;
Subject:
New England; Ecology; Puritans; Thoreau; Native Americans; Agriculture; Colonialism; Industrialization; capitalism; Beaver Trade; corn; beans; squash; Mechanical Worldview; Farmers almanacs; White Pine trees; sawmills; feminism; steam engine; production;
Subject:
New England; Ecology; Puritans; Thoreau; Native Americans; Agriculture; Colonialism; Industrialization; capitalism; Beaver Trade; corn; beans; squash; Mechanical Worldview; Farmers almanacs; White Pine trees; sawmills; feminism; steam engine; production;
Subject:
New England; Ecology; Puritans; Thoreau; Native Americans; Agriculture; Colonialism; Industrialization; capitalism; Beaver Trade; corn; beans; squash; Mechanical Worldview; Farmers almanacs; White Pine trees; sawmills; feminism; steam engine; production;
Subject:
New England; Ecology; Puritans; Thoreau; Native Americans; Agriculture; Colonialism; Industrialization; capitalism; Beaver Trade; corn; beans; squash; Mechanical Worldview; Farmers almanacs; White Pine trees; sawmills; feminism; steam engine; production;
Subject:
New England; Ecology; Puritans; Thoreau; Native Americans; Agriculture; Colonialism; Industrialization; capitalism; Beaver Trade; corn; beans; squash; Mechanical Worldview; Farmers almanacs; White Pine trees; sawmills; feminism; steam engine; production;
Subject:
New England; Ecology; Puritans; Thoreau; Native Americans; Agriculture; Colonialism; Industrialization; capitalism; Beaver Trade; corn; beans; squash; Mechanical Worldview; Farmers almanacs; White Pine trees; sawmills; feminism; steam engine; production;
Subject:
Environmental studies
Subject:
Women
Subject:
American studies
Subject:
Puritans
Subject:
Thoreau
Subject:
Native Americans
Subject:
Agriculture
Subject:
Colonialism
Subject:
Industrialization
Subject:
Capitalism
Subject:
Beaver Trade
Subject:
Corn
Subject:
Beans
Subject:
Squash
Subject:
Mechanical Worldview
Subject:
Farmers almanacs
Subject:
White Pine trees
Subject:
Sawmills
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
steam engine
Subject:
Production
Subject:
Reproduction
Subject:
Consciousness
Subject:
Gender.
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman Series
Series Volume:
9248
Publication Date:
December 1989
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 table
Pages:
398
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Synopsis" by , With the arrival of European explorers and settlers during the seventeenth century, Native American ways of life and the environment itself underwent radical alterations as human relationships to the land and ways of thinking about nature all changed. This colonial ecological revolution held sway until the nineteenth century, when New England's industrial production brought on a capitalist revolution that again remade the ecology, economy, and conceptions of nature in the region. In Ecological Revolutions, Carolyn Merchant analyzes these two major transformations in the New England environment between 1600 and 1860.

In a preface to the second edition, Merchant introduces new ideas about narrating environmental change based on gender and the dialectics of transformation, while the revised epilogue situates New England in the context of twenty-first-century globalization and climate change. Merchant argues that past ways of relating to the land could become an inspiration for renewing resources and achieving sustainability in the future.

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