Environmental historians are just beginning to explore the world of consumption. In the lead article in this issue, John Soluri provides a wonderful example of the insights that can come when we consider consumer tastes. To understand the environmental impact of the banana industry, Soluri shows, we cannot focus solely on shifts in methods of production. We also need to understand the history of marketing, including the changing demands of merchants and consumers. For decades, American consumers preferred one variety of banana, and that preference shaped the ways banana growers responded to ecological and economic change. Soluri’s analysis of the ties between production and consumption is a model. Read more online…
The Forest History Society (FHS) maintains an extensive computerized data bank of published sources related to environmental history. The biblioscope section of this journal includes just a selection of the new information that the FHS library adds to that data bank each quarter. The library indexes all entries in the data bank by topic, chronological period, and geographical area. More …
Mao’s War Against Nature: Politics and Environment in Revolutionary China. Judith Shapiro. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001. xvii + 287 pp. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth $59.95, paper $18.95. Reviewed by Robert Mark.
Modern Forests: Statemaking and Environmental Change in Colonial Eastern India. By K. Sivaramakrishnan. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999. xxvii + 341 pp. Tables, illustrations. $51.00. Reviewed by Richard Tucker.
Picturing Tropical Nature. By Nancy Leys Stepan. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2001. 283 pp. Illustrations, endnotes, no bibliography, index. $35.00. Reviewed by Karen E. Wonders.
As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender and Art. By Rebecca Solnit: The University of Georgia Press, 2001. 234 pp. Illustrations, notes, index. $34.95. Reviewed by Robin E. Hoffman.
Reflections in Bullough’s Pond: Economy and Ecosystem in New England. By Diana Muir. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 2000. x + 312 pp. Illustrations, maps, index. $26.00. Reviewed by John Cumbler.
Lewis Creek Lost and Found. By Kevin Dann. Hanover, New Hampshire: Middlebury College Press, 2001. xiii + 223 pp. Maps, illustrations, notes, index. Paper $19.95. Reviewed by Richard Judd.
Virtual Rivers: Lessons from the Mountain Rivers of the Colorado Front Range. By Ellen E. Wohl. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2001. xi + 210 pp. Illustrations, appendix, notes, index. $35.00. Reviewed by Fredric L. Quivik.
Transforming New Orleans and Its Environs: Centuries of Change. Edited by Craig E. Colten. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000. x + 272 pp. Notes, list of contributors. Cloth $45.00, paper $19.95. Reviewed by Matthew T. Pearcy.
The Best and Worst Country in the World: Perspectives on the Early Virginia Landscape. By Stephen Adams. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2001. xii + 305 pp. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth $55.00, paper $19.50. Reviewed by Daniel J. Philippon.
Lake Erie Rehabilitated: Controlling Cultural Eutrophication, 1960s-1990s. By William McGucken. Akron: University of Akron Press, 2000. xiv + 318pp. Figures, tables, maps, notes, index. Cloth $49.95, paper $29.95. Reviewed by John F. Reiger.
Ruin and Recovery: Michigan’s Rise as a Conservation Leader. By Dave Dempsey. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2001. xii + 336 pp. Notes, index. Paper $19.95. Reviewed by Irene C. Frentz.
Protecting Ontario’s Wilderness: A History of Changing Ideas and Preservation Politics, 1927-1973. By George M. Warecki. New York: Peter Lang, 1998. ix + 334 pp. Maps, note on sources, index. $59.95. Reviewed by Kurk Dorsey.
American Sportsmen and the Origins of Conservation. By John F. Reiger. 3rd ed., Revised and Expanded. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2001. viii+ 338 pp. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. Paper $24.95. Reviewed by Timothy Silver.
So Great a Vision: The Conservation Writings of George Perkins Marsh. Edited by Stephen C. Trombulak. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 2001. xviii + 228 pp. Illustrations, bibliography. Cloth $50.00, paper $19.95. Reviewed by John C. Miles.
Kindred and Related Spirits: The Letters of John Muir and Jeanne C. Carr. Edited by Bonnie Johanna Gisel. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2001. xviii + 394 pp. Illustrations, plates, portraits, bibliography, index. $34.95. Reviewed by Dennis Williams.
Political Nature: Environmentalism and the Interpretation of Western Thought. By John M. Meyer. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2001. xii + 210 pp. Notes, bibliography, index. Cloth $55.00, paper $22.95. Reviewed by Charles Mitchell.
Women in Labor: Mothers, Medicine and Occupational Health in The United States, 1890-1980. By Allison L. Hepler. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2000. xii + 177 pp. List of abbreviations, bibliography, index. Paper $18.95. Reviewed by Jacqueline Corn.
Enriching the Earth. Fritz Haber, Carl Bosch, and the Transformation of World Food Production. By Vaclav Smil. Cambridge, Massachusetts, London, England: The MIT Press, 2001. xvii + 338 pp. Illustrations, appendixes, notes, index. $34.95. Reviewed by Frank Uekoetter.