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George Perkins Marsh
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Offers fresh insights, from new sources, into Marsh's career and shows his relevance today

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword by William Cronon
Preface
Woodstock and the First Watershed
Burlington: Blunders and Bereavements
Puritans, Vikings, Goths
Congress and the Smithsonian
American History from the Ground Up
Constantinople and the Desert
Missionary Miseries, Mediterranean Jaunts
Debts and Dromedaries
Vermont Public Servant
The English Language
Risorgimento and Civil War
Turin and the Alps
Man and Nature: The Making
Man and Nature: The Meaning
Florence and Unfinished Italy
Last Watersheds: Rome, Cravairola, Vallombrosa
Retrospect: Forming a Life
Prospect: Reforming Nature
Abbreviations in Notes and bibliography
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration credits
Index

About the Author

David Lowenthal is professor emeritus of geography at University College London. His books include The Past Is a Foreign Country, West Indian Societies, and The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History.

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New biographical expectations, new historical and environmental insights, and the availability of new primary sources inspired Lowenthal (professor emeritus of geography, University Coll., London) to revise his 1958 biography of George Perkins Marsh. A lawyer, farmer, manufacturer, congressman, diplomat, scholar, linguist, and pioneer conservationist, Marsh is best known for Man and Nature, first published in 1864. A lifetime of study and keen observation helped him understand the impact of humans on the environment and the resulting social, economic, and political ramifications. Considerable history is included in this biography, which ranges from antebellum America, the Civil War, and Reconstruction to Turkey, the Middle East, and the story of Italian unification; Marsh witnessed them all. Marsh was a product of Puritan New England, with all the attendant class prejudices, but as Lowenthal demonstrates, he had a modern, holistic world view as well. Recommended for all libraries, especially those with environmental collections.DPatricia Ann Owens, Wabash Valley Coll., Mt. Carmel, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"This volume is not simply a reprinting of Lowenthal's 1958 book on Marsh--it expands that work with new empirical sources, and it provides new reflections from the perspective of the century's end. It is an extraordinary book." Annals of the Association of American Geographers "This superbly written biography provides a brilliant insight into the life and background of one who was influential in the development of today's environmental movement." The Naturalist "Learned in twenty languages, a lawyer, (unsuccessful) businessman, several-term congressional representative, sometime university lecturer, lexicographer, grammarian, archaeological enthusiast, veteran diplomat, and ceaseless pursuer of sundry projects civic and scholarly, Marsh was a rare example of amateurish Yankee ingenuity transformed into disciplined, cosmopolitan intelligence." The Journal of American History "Broad, varied, and challenging, Lowenthal's George Perkins Marsh: Prophet of Conservation captures the genius of its subject with clarity and verve." Agricultural History "Considerable history is included in this biography, which ranges from antebellum America, the Civil War, and Reconstruction to Turkey, the Middle East, and the story of Italian unification; Marsh witnessed them all." Library Journal

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