Synopses & Reviews
This book is a comparative history of the development of ideas about nature, particularly of the importance of native nature in the Anglo settler countries of the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. It examines the development of natural history, settlers' adaptations to the end of expansion, scientists' shift from natural history to ecology, and the rise of environmentalism. Addressing not only scientific knowledge but also popular issues from hunting to landscape painting, this book explores the ways in which English-speaking settlers looked at nature in their new lands.
A comparative history of the development of ideas about nature in the Anglo settler countries, first published in 1999.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -342) and index.
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.