Changes in the Land
Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New EnglandBook - 2003
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.
From Library Staff
OneBookOneChicago Sep 20, 2013
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.