The Southern Plains in the 1930s 25th Revised edition
By (author) Donald Worster
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Dust Bowl by Donald Worster
Book DescriptionIn the mid 1930s, North America's Great Plains faced one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in world history. Donald Worster's classic chronicle of the devastating years between 1929 and 1939 tells the story of the Dust Bowl in ecological as well as human terms. Now, twenty-five years after his book helped to define the new field of environmental history, Worster shares his more recent thoughts on the subject of the land and how humans interact with it. In a new afterword, he links the Dust Bowl to current political, economic and ecological issues-including the American livestock industry's exploitation of the Great Plains, and the on-going problem of desertification, which has now become a global phenomenon. He reflects on the state of the plains today and the threat of a new dustbowl. He outlines some solutions that have been proposed, such as "the Buffalo Commons," where deer, antelope, bison and elk would once more roam freely, and suggests that we may yet witness a Great Plains where native flora and fauna flourish while applied ecologists show farmers how to raise food on land modeled after the natural prairies that once existed.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195174885
(234mm x 165mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 4-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Donald Worster
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Donald Worster engages with key political, economic, and environmental thinkers while presenting his own interpretation of the role of capitalism and government in issues of wealth, abundance, and scarcity.
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This book tells how Denmark created, and then overcame its sixteenth-century ecological crisis.
Tigers, Rice, Silk, and Silt, Paperback (November 2006)» View all books by Donald Worster
Groundbreaking study of the correlations between economic and environmental changes in imperial Chinese Lingnan from 1400 to 1850.
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Author Biography - Donald Worster
Donald Worster is Hall Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Kansas and the author of A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell.
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