240 pages, illustrations
Losing Eden traces the environmental history and development of the American West and explains how the land has shaped and been shaped by the people who live there.
- Discusses key events and topics from the Beringia migration, Columbian Exchange, and federal territorial acquisition to post-war expansion, resource exploitation, and climate change
- Structures the coverage around three important themes: balancing economic success and ecological protection; avoiding "the tragedy of the commons"; and achieving sustainability
- Contains an accessible, up-to-date narrative written by an expert scholar and professor that supplements a variety of college-level survey or seminar courses on US, American West, or environmental history
- Incorporates student-friendly features, including definitions of key terms, suggested reading sections, and over 30 illustrations
Introduction –The Nature of the West
Chapter 1 – Losing "Eden"
Chapter 2 – The West Transformed
Chapter 3 – Claiming and Taming the Land
Chapter 4 – The Great Barbecue
Chapter 5 – The Pivotal Decade
Chapter 6 – Conservation and Preservation
Chapter 7 – Roll On
Chapter 8 – Booming the West
Chapter 9 – Building Consensus
Chapter 10 – Environmental Backlash and the New West
Epilogue – Sustainability and the "Triumph of the Commons"
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Sara Dant is Professor of History at Weber State University, USA. Her work focuses on environmental politics in the United States with a particular emphasis on the creation and development of consensus and bipartisanism. She is the author of several prize-winning articles on western environmental politics and co-author of the two-volume Encyclopedia of American National Parks (2004).