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Man and Nature

George Perkins Marsh ; edited by David Lowenthal ; with a foreword by William Cronon and a new introduction by David Lowenthal
Format
Book
Published
Seattle : University of Washington Press, c2003.
Language
English
Series
Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics
ISBN
0295983167 (alk. paper)
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Book review (H-Net)
Summary
In Man and nature George Perkins Marsh challenged the general belief that human impact on nature was generally benign or negligible and charged that ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean had brought about their own collapse by their abuse of the environment. By deforesting their hillsides and eroding their soils, they had destroyed the natural fertility that sustained their well-being. Marsh offered his compatriots in the United States a stern warning that the young American republic might repeat these errors of the ancient world if it failed to end its own destructive waste of natural resources. Marsh's ominous warnings inspired conservation and reform. In linking culture with nature, science with history, Man and nature was the most influential text of its time next to Darwin's On the Origin of Species, published just five years earlier. Although what we know and what we fear about the environment have vastly amplified since Marsh's day, his appraisal of forest cover and erosion remains largely valid, his cautions about watershed control still cognent, and his call for stewardship ever more pertinent.
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xxxviii, 472 p. ; 23 cm.
Notes
  • "Man and nature ... was originally published in 1864. The edition edited by David Lowenthal was published by Harvard University Press in 1965 and is reprinted here"--Verso t.p.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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