A Landscape History of New England (Paperback)

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By Blake Harrison (Editor), Richard W. Judd (Editor), John Elder (Afterword by)
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Description


An examination of New England's diverse landscapes, and our varying perceptions of them, across two centuries of settlement, work, and recreation.

A Landscape History of New England takes a view of New England's landscapes that goes beyond picture postcard-ready vistas of white-steepled churches, open pastures, and tree-covered mountains. Its chapters, for example, describe the Native American presence in the Maine Woods; offer a history of agriculture told through stone walls, woodlands, and farm buildings; report on the fragile ecology of tourist-friendly Cape Cod beaches; and reveal the ethnic stereotypes informing Colonial Revivalism. Taken together, they offer a wide-ranging history of New England's diverse landscapes, stretching across two centuries.

The book shows that all New England landscapes are the products of human agency as well as nature. The authors trace the roles that work, recreation, historic preservation, conservation, and environmentalism have played in shaping the region, and provide fresh perspectives on New England's many landscapes: forests, mountains, farms, coasts, industrial areas, villages, towns, and cities. Generously illustrated, with many archival photographs, A Landscape History of New England offers readers a solid historical foundation for understanding the great variety of places that make up New England.

About the Author


Richard W. Judd is Professor of History at the University of Maine and the author of The Untilled Garden: Natural History and the Origins of American Conservation and other books.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780262525275
ISBN-10: 0262525275
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication Date: September 13th, 2013
Pages: 413
Language: English