Green Versus Gold: Sources In California's Environmental History
Publisher: Island Press | ISBN: 1559635797 | edition 1998 | PDF | 513 pages | 1,8 mb
While the state of California remains one of the most striking and varied landscapes in the world, it has experienced monumental changes since European settlers first set foot there. The past two centuries have witnessed an ongoing struggle between environment and economy, nature and humanity that has left an indelible mark on the region.
For each chapter, Merchant has selected original documents that give readers an eyewitness account of specific environments and periods, along with essays from leading historians, geographers, scientists, and other experts that provide context and analysis for the documents. In addition, she presents a list of further readings of both primary and secondary sources. Among other topics, chapters examine.
- California's natural environment and Native American lands
- the Spanish and Russian frontiers
- environmental impacts of the gold rush
- the transformation of forests and rangelands
- agriculture and irrigation
- cities and urban issues
- the rise of environmental science and contemporary environmental movement.