310 pages, 28 illustrations, 5 tables
Earth Repair: A Transatlantic History of Environmental Restoration travels between the US and Italy to see that restoration has taken many forms over the past two hundred years, from repairing to gardening. The book clarifies meanings of restoration and shows how these have changed through time and place.
"A landmark in environmental history, Earth Repair offers major new insights into conservation ideas and practices derived from comparative analysis in the Old World and the New World, including sophisticated vignettes of efforts to curb disasters and reform land management in the Alps and the Rockies. This wonderfully written book also shows how the contrasts noted by Americans and Italians abroad now reaffirmed, now reshaped, national views on why and how to conserve."
– David Lowenthal, author of George Perkins Marsh: Prophet of Conservation
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Marcus Hall teaches in the environmental studies program at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is the winner of the Rachel Carson Prize from the American Society for Environmental History and the Ray Allen Billington Prize from the Western History Association.