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Wilderness & the American Mind 4TH Editionby Roderick Frazi Nash
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Long before people were andldquo;going greenandrdquo; and toting reusable bags, the Progressive generation of the early 1900s was calling for the conservation of resources, sustainable foresting practices, and restrictions on hunting. Industrial commodities such as wood, water, soil, coal, and oil, as well as improvements in human health and the protection of andldquo;natureandrdquo; in an aesthetic sense, were collectively seen for the first time as central to the countryandrsquo;s economic well-being, moral integrity, and international power. One of the key drivers in the rise of the conservation movement was Theodore Roosevelt, who, even as he slaughtered animals as a hunter, fought to protect the countryandrsquo;s natural resources.
Inand#160;Crisisand#160;of the Wasteful Nation, Ian Tyrrell gives us a cohesive picture of Rooseveltandrsquo;s engagement with the natural world along with a compelling portrait of how Americans used, wasted, and worried about natural resources in a time of burgeoning empire. Countering traditional narratives that cast conservation as a purely domestic issue, Tyrrell shows that the movement had global significance, playing a key role in domestic security and in defining American interests around the world. Tyrrell goes beyond Roosevelt to encompass other conservation advocates and policy makers, particularly those engaged with shaping the nationandrsquo;s economic and social policiesandmdash;policies built on an understanding of the importance of crucial natural resources.and#160;Crisis of the Wasteful Nationand#160;is a sweeping transnational work that blends environmental, economic, and imperial history into a cohesive tale of Americaandrsquo;s fraught relationships with raw materials, other countries, and the animal kingdom.
A study of America's changing attitudes towards wilderness, first published in 1967. This fourth edition contains a new preface and epilogue in which Roderick Frazier Nash explores the future of wilderness and reflects on its ethical and biocentric relevance.
Ian Tyrrelland#8217;s eye-opening book is both a cohesive picture of Teddy Rooseveltand#8217;s engagements with the natural world but, far more important, a compelling portrait of how Americans used and worried about natural resources in a time of burgeoning empire. Industrial commodities such as wood, water, and oiland#151;as well as and#147;natureand#8221; itselfand#151;were for the first time seen as central to the countryand#8217;s economic health, spiritual integrity, and international might. Contrary to traditional narratives, Tyrrell shows that the domestic conservation movement had global significance, as it entailed not merely drawing attention to beautiful vistas; rather, it was key to domestic security and to defining American interests around the world.
A fourth edition of Nash's classic study is now available with a new Preface and Epilogue in which the author explores the future of wilderness and reflects on its ethical and biocentric relevance.
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