Changes in the Land

Changes in the Land

Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England

Book - 2003
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The book that launched environmental history now updated.

Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize

In this landmark work of environmental history, William Cronon offers an original and profound explanation of the effects European colonists' sense of property and their pursuit of capitalism had upon the ecosystems of New England. Reissued here with an updated afterword by the author and a new preface by the distinguished colonialist John Demos, Changes in the Land , provides a brilliant inter-disciplinary interpretation of how land and people influence one another. With its chilling closing line, "The people of plenty were a people of waste," Cronon's enduring and thought-provoking book is ethno-ecological history at its best.

Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2003.
Edition: 1st rev. ed., 20th-anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9780809016341
Characteristics: xviii, 257 p. ; 21 cm.


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Leading environmental historian Cronon looks at New England’s plant and animal communities at the time of the early American settlers, and explores how the flora and fauna were altered when the land changed hands from Indian to European dominance.

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