Part I. Making the Land Familiar: 1. Natural history and the construction of nature; 2. Remaking worlds: European models in New Lands; Part II. Beyond Conquest: 3. Reaching limits, 1850-1900; 4. National nature, part I; 5. Changing science, 1880-1930; Part III. Finding Firm Ground: 6. Reaching limits, 1920-40; 7. National nature, part II; 8. An ecological perspective, 1920-50; Part IV. New Knowledge, New Action: 9. The diffusion of ecology, 1948-67; 10. The new world of nature.
A comparative history of the development of ideas about nature in the Anglo settler countries, first published in 1999.
"Dunlap's fine book, accessible to both scholars and a popular audience, covers many other provocative issues, including early-twentieth-century conservation efforts and late-twentieth-century environmental activism." Suzanne Marshall, History "...what the book does, it does well.Dunlap handles his subjects deftly and concisely. The result is a kind of popularization not unlike that which it celebrates. The book stands to formal historical scholarhsip as the natural history essay does to formal science. It reads like a guided nature walk through environmental history - not a bad way to learn about a new place, or a bad way to introduce the complex settlement history of four nations." Journal of Interdisciplinary History "...very well organized and very well documented." Choice "...very well organized and very well documented." Choice