Description - True Gardens of the Gods by Ian Tyrrell
One of the most critical environmental challenges facing both Californians and Australians in the 1860s involved the aftermath of the gold rushes. Settlers on both continents faced the disruptive impacts of mining, grazing, and agriculture; in response to these challenges, environmental reformers attempted to remake the natural environment into an idealized garden landscape. As this history shows, an important result of this 19th-century effort to "renovate" nature was a far-reaching exchange of ideas between the United States - especially in California - and Australia. Ian Tyrrell demonstrates how Californians and Australians shared plants, insects, personnel, technology and dreams, creating a system of environmental exchange that transcended national and natural boundaries. This text traces a new 19th-century environmental sensibility that emerged from the collision of European expansion with these frontier environments.
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(229mm x 152mm x mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - Ian Tyrrell
Ian Tyrrell is Professor of History at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is the author of The Absent Marx: Class Analysis and Liberal History in Twentieth Century America (1986), and Woman's World/Woman's Empire: The Woman's Christian Temperance Union in International Perspective (1991).