The Destruction of the Bison: An Environmental History, 1750-1920

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Cambridge University Press, 15 янв. 2001 г. - Всего страниц: 220
The Destruction of the Bison explains the decline of the North American bison population from an estimated 30 million in 1800 to fewer than 1000 a century later. In this wide-ranging, interdisciplinary study, Andrew C. Isenberg argues that the cultural and ecological encounter between Native Americans and Euroamericans in the Great Plains was the central cause of the near-extinction of the bison. Drought and the incursion of domestic livestock and exotic species such as horses into the Great Plains all threatened the Western ecosystem, which was further destabilized as interactions between Native Americans and Euroamericans Sreated new types of hunters in both cultures: mounted Indian nomads and white commerical hide hunters. In the early twentieth century, nostalgia about the very cultural strife which first threatened the bison became, ironically, an important impetus to its preservation.

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Full of lots of interesting and sometimes nonintuitive things – but perhaps lacks rigor. Author Andrew Isenberg is a history professor at Princeton; the book is more of a history than an ecological ... Читать весь отзыв

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Isenberg (history, Princeton) employs interdisciplinary methodology to explain the ecosocial factors that led to the destruction of 30 million bison during a 50-year period. Tracing the movement of ... Читать весь отзыв

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The Grassland Environment
The Genesis of the Nomads
The Nomadic Experiment
The Ascendancy of the Market
The Wild and the Tamed
The Returns of the Bison
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Andrew C. Isenberg is Professor of History at Temple University. Isenberg's research interests include environmental history, the history of the North American West, the United States from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century, and the encounter between Euroamericans and natives. He is the author of Mining California: An Ecological History (2005) and the editor of The Nature of Cities: Culture, Landscape, and Urban Space (2006).

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