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Natures Past seeks to lend some historical depth to current debates about man-made modifications of ecological processes and systems and also to explore the global dimensions of the dynamic relationships natural environments establish with people. The ten essays in Natures Past discuss the diverse approaches to environmental history, demonstrating that significant environmental change is not a modern invention and people have long been transforming their natural surroundings, often in unintended ways. Natures Past also shows that humans have not always had antagonistic relationships with nature but have also successfully found new, stable relationships with the natures they inhabit. The essays, comprised of contributions by anthropologists, foresters, historians, and literary scholars, discuss malaria-bearing mosquitoes, Maine lobster fishing, Bornean durian husbandry, and American lawn mowing, among other things, and suggest how ecology, culture, and market interact to change the fate, and the value, of nature in each context.
Cover Image Credit: Mississippi River Delta, courtesy of USGS National Center for EROS and NASA Landsat Project Science Office. Marsden Hartley print, Study for Bavarian Alps Series (accession number 1955/2.2), Landscape, China (accession number 1991/2.39), and Ramayana manuscript page: Rama kills the deer (accession number 1964/2.111), and Faucet with peacock adornment (accession number 1959/1.114) provided by The University of Michigan Museum of Art.
"An elegant collection of essays on environmental history by its finest scholars, demonstrating global, chronological, and interdisciplinary range."
—J. Donald Hughes, John Evans Distinguished Professor, Department of History, University of Denver
"With topics ranging from the metabolism of medieval cities to recent management trends in the Maine lobster industry, Natures Past is a collection of ten essays that expertly illustrates the cosmopolitan character, the interdisciplinary approaches, and the widely varying subject matter that characterize the subdiscipline of environmental history."
—William H. TeBrake, Department of History, University of Maine
List of Illustrations ix
Introduction: Natures Past and Present Environmental Histories
Paolo Squatriti 1
I Distribution Fights, Coordination Games, and Lobster Management
James Acheson 16
II Fruit Trees and Family Trees in an Anthropogenic Forest: Ethics of Access, Property Zones, and Environmental Change in Indonesia
Nancy Lee Peluso 54
III Histories of Colonialism and Forestry in India
K. Sivaramakrishnan 103
IV Revolutionary Mosquitoes of the Atlantic World: Malaria and Independence in the United States of America
J. R. McNeill 145
V Sustainable Development on China's Frontier
Peter C. Perdue 172
VI Naming the Stranger: Maize's Journey to Africa
James C. McCann 198
VII Two Landscapes, Two Stories: Anglo-Saxon England and the United States
Nicholas Howe 214
VIII In Search of Natural Identity: Alpine Landscapes and the Reconstruction of the Swiss Nation
Oliver Zimmer 240
IX Lawn-o-Rama: The Commodifications of Landscape in Postwar America
Ted Steinberg 270
X Footprint Metaphor and Metabolic Realities: Environmental Impacts of Medieval European Cities
Richard C. Hoffman 288