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Books on Ecological History

Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England by William Cronon
Describes the changes in New England's plant and animal communities that occurred with the shift from Indian to European
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
Examines some of the great civilizations of the past and what caused them to collapse into ruin
The Dying of the Trees: The Pandemic in America's Forests by Charles E. Little
Looks at the reasons why trees are dying in American forests, and what it means for the planet.
Earthcare by Carolyn Merchant
Examines women's participation in the progressive conservation movement and the contemporary environmental movement
Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe by Alfred W. Crosby
Describes the displacement of native plants and animals in the temperate zones of the world by the species carried by European colonizers.
The Future Eaters: An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People by Tim Flannery
Describes how flora and fauna of Australasia has been changed and consumed by the Aborigine, Polynesian, and European peoples.
A Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations by Clive Ponting
How exhaustion of resources doomed many past civilizations and how our civilization is consuming resources on a massive scale.
Railroads and Clearcuts by Derrick Jensen and George Draffan with John Osborn
Describes how large timber companies acquired large tracts of Northwest forests through a federal land grant in 1864.
Shattering: Food, Politics, and the Loss of Genetic Diversity by Cary Fowler and Pat Mooney
Addresses the history of agricultural development.
Water: A Natural History by Alice Outwater
Describes the complex ecological system that used to clean the water on the American continent, and explains how the destruction of that system leaves our water dirty today.









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