The Making of The American Landscape

Posted by Rezwan Razani on Jul 08, 2013 at 06:45 AM
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Author: Michael P. Conzen

With NIMBY (“Not In My Back Yard”) on my mind, let’s take a look at books that explain how our Back Yard got to be that way. 

To that end, this book gives a great overview.  The next chapter we want to live and write is the one about how a transition from fossil fuels to nuclear plus renewables will affect things.

A fascinating and comprehensive view of the cultural evolution of the American landscape is presented for the first time in this well illustrated book. Written by a team of leading scholars, its main purpose is to examine key historical forces in the settlement and human shaping of the land over the past 10,000 years, with an emphasis on the past three centuries. Through carefully chosen illustrations, it shows the reader how to “read” in today’s landscape the record of this transformation. The major historical forces that shaped the American cultural landscape are viewed from the varied perspectives of ethnic and cultural movements, environmental challenge and response, and the grand transformations wrought by industrialism and urbanization. A rich selection of themes are discussed, including: the diverse influence of colonial powers on early settlement the emergence of regional types of landscape the impact of ideology on landscape the contributions of technological changes to landscape development As an authoritative exploration of the transformation of the infinitely varied American landscape from early colonization to the present, the book is sure to appeal


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