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Earth Repair: A Transatlantic History of Environmental Restoration

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Publisher Comments:

Just as the restoration of Michelangelo's Last Judgment sparked enormous controversy in the art world, so are environmental restorationists intensely divided when it comes to finding ways to rehabilitate damaged ecosystems. Although environmental restoration is quickly becoming a widespread pursuit, debate over the methods and goals of this endeavor often halts progress. The same question confronts artistic and environmental restorationists: Which systems need restoring, and to what states should they be restored? In Earth Repair: A Transatlantic History of Environmental Restoration. Marcus Hall explores the answer to this question while offering an alternative to the usual narrative of humans disrupting and spoiling the earth. Hall's purpose is not to deny that humans have done lasting damage but to show that those who believed in restoration did not always agree on what they wanted to restore, or how, or to what form. With guidance from the pioneer conservationist George Perkins Marsh, the reader travels between the United States and Italy to see that restoration has taken many forms over the past two hundred years, from maintaining and repairing, to gardening and naturalizing. By contrasting land management in these two countries and elsewhere, Earth Repair clarifies different meanings of restoration, shows how such meanings have changed through time and place, and suggests how restorationists can apply these insights to their own practices.

Book News Annotation:

Hall (U. of Zurich and Swiss Federal Research Institute) suggests that environmental restoration is not a new concept or practice, but has a long history. Accounting for differences in styles, fashions, knowledge bases, and to some extent vocabulary, he looks at the two world of George Marsh, Cuneo's Alps, Utah's Rockies, movements and myths across the Atlantic, cross-cultural restoration, and other aspects.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Hall (U. of Zurich and Swiss Federal Research Institute) suggests that environmental restoration is not a new concept or practice, but has a long history. Accounting for differences in styles, fashions, knowledge bases, and to some extent vocabulary, he looks at the two world of George Marsh, Cuneo's Alps, Utah's Rockies, movements and myths across the Atlantic, cross-cultural restoration, and other aspects. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813923413
Author:
Hall, Marcus
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Subject:
Wildlife
Subject:
History
Subject:
Restoration ecology
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Restoration ecology - History
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.33x6.30x.94 in. 1.29 lbs.

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