Cronon supports this thesis by providing the reader with contrasts of both the ecosystems and the economies in pre-colonial New England to those at the beginning of the 19th century.
This book greatly complimented both for me by honing in on some interesting environmental details. It was great at telling the why and how of what it told you, such as the influence of the old world system on the settlers ways of using the land and how deforestation changed soil composition in crucial ways.
I learned so much from this book. I learned what trees were valued for what such as white pines being valued for their height and straightness and their use to build ship masts.
I learned that black oak worked best for the bottom of ships because it was more resistant to some of the sea life that would bore into the hulls of ships. I learned how deforestation specifically affected the soil and subsequently water shedding and flooding.
I learned how livestock too wreaked havoc on the soil. With all the details given in this book, one clearly sees how the land was depleted and drastically changed from what it had been and one sees why this happened from both cultural and economic standpoints.
I have to admit that I occasionally ponder the idea of existing in nature a little more like how the Indians did, especially in the way that they placed a priority on mobility as opposed to accumulation of things. Dense but short, "Changes in the Land" gives a close reading to the ecological impact of British colonization in New England.
As Cronon states in his conclusion, this transformation has ramifications far outside New England, since the environmental degradation that accompanied early colonization forced settlers farther and farther afield.
Twenty years after it was published, the scholarship is still, what I would consid Even though I live in San Diego, I found this book to be well worth the read. Twenty years after it was published, the scholarship is still, what I would consider "cutting edge".
Cronon cuts across disciplines and primary sources to produce a nuanced model of the interrelationship of humans and the environment. The effect is at once radical and main stream.
Radical, in that Cronon strips away traditional justifications for human decisions that reinforce the implicit assumptions that cause those same decisions.
Main stream, in that he manages to stay away from the hyperbole and argument that plague revisions of history. I would recommend that book, as well as this one, to anyone interested in the subjects that Cronon covers.
His scholarship is top notch.Cronon supports this thesis by providing the reader with contrasts of both the ecosystems and the economies in pre-colonial New England to those at the beginning of the 19th century.
Cronon explains how much the landscape and the environment were radically changed by the arrival of the Europeans. Cronon supports this thesis by providing the reader with contrasts of both the ecosystems and the economies in pre-colonial New England to showed first 75 words of total You are viewing only a small portion of the paper.
In “Changes in the Land,” William Cronon embarks on a journey to explain why and how New England habitats changed during the colonial period. Cronon proposes to support his thesis by providing the reader with contrasts of both the ecosystems and the economies in pre-colonial New England to those at the beginning of the nineteenth century.
His inclusion of economy as a “subset of ecology” forms a strong framework through which the ecological changes of New England can be more. Changes in the Land deals with the impact on the ecosystems of New England by Native Americans and colonial British settlers.. Cronon’s basic premise is that Native and English populations viewed the land and its use in fundamentally different ways, and that the decreasing population of the former and the increasing population of the latter led to a fundamental change in land use among both.
In Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England, William Cronon examines the ecological changes that occurred in New England from the beginning of the colonial period until the end of the eighteenth century/5(95).