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Man and Nature


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First published in 1864, Man and Nature inspired the modern conservation movement and was the most influential text of its time next to Darwin's On the Origin of Species

Table of Contents

Foreword: A Classic of Conservation
Introduction to the 2003 Edition
A Note on the Text
Transfer, Modification and Extirpation of Vegetable and of Animal Species
The Woods
The Waters
The Sands
Projected or Possible Geographical Changes by Man

About the Author

David Lowenthal is professor emeritus of geography at University College London. His books include George Perkins Marsh: Prophet of Conservation, The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History, and The Past Is a Foreign Country.


"[Man and Nature was] the rudest kick in the face that American initiative, optimism, and carelessness had yet received."--Wallace Stegner "It is no exaggeration to say that Man and Nature launched the modern conservation movement. It helped Americans in the second half of the nineteenth century recognize the damage they were doing to the natural environment, and challenged them to behave in more responsible ways toward the earth and its natural systems... Man and Nature stands right next to Silent Spring and A Sand County Almanac by any measure of historic significance."--from the Foreword by William Cronon

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