By Douglas Cazaux Sackman
A spouse to American Environmental History gathers jointly a entire choice of over 30 essays that study the evolving and numerous box of yankee environmental history.
- Provides an entire historiography of yank environmental history
- Brings the sector updated to mirror the newest traits and encourages new instructions for the field
- Includes the paintings of path-breaking environmental historians, from the founders of the sphere, to contributions from leading edge younger scholars
- Takes inventory of the self-discipline via 5 topically themed components, with essays starting from American Indian Environmental kinfolk to towns and Suburbs
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A Companion to American Environmental History by Douglas Cazaux Sackman