Journals Higher Education

$34.99

Paperback

27 October 1994

272 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195092646


Also Available As:

Ebook


Bookseller Code (06)

The Wealth of Nature

Environmental History and the Ecological Imagination

Donald Worster

Hailed as "one of the most eminent environmental historians of the West" by Alan Brinkley in The New York Times Book Review, Donald Worster has been a leader in reshaping the study of American history. Winner of the prestigious Bancroft Prize for his book Dust Bowl, Worster has helped bring humanity's interaction with nature to the forefront of historical thinking. Now, in The Wealth of Nature, he offers a series of thoughtful, eloquent essays which lay out his views on environmental history, tying the study of the past to today's agenda for change.
Worster ranges across such areas as agriculture, water development, and other questions, examining them as environmental issues, and showing how they have affected--and continue to affect--human settlement. He also examines urban life and history in the context of environmental history, and goes on to argue for a comprehensive approach to understanding our past as well as our present in environmental terms.
"Nostalgia runs all through this society," Worster writes, "fortunately, for it may be our only hope of salvation." These reflective and engaging essays capture the fascination of environmental history--and the beauty of nature lost or endangered--underscoring the importance of intelligent action in the present.

Share:

Also of Interest