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Cronon, William

Overview
Works: 138 works in 423 publications in 5 languages and 19,809 library holdings
Genres: History  Biographies  Biographical television programs  Documentary films  Documentary television programs  Exhibition catalogs  Conference papers and proceedings  Essays  Autobiographies  Biographical films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Creator, Speaker, Other, Contributor
Classifications: GF504.N45, 977.311
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by William Cronon
Changes in the land : Indians, colonists, and the ecology of New England by William Cronon( Book )

62 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 2,450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An ecological history of colonial New England, looking at how the shift from Indian to European dominance affected the plant and animal communities of the region
Nature's metropolis : Chicago and the Great West by William Cronon( Book )

22 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and held by 1,852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that the American frontier and city developed together by focusing on Chicago and tracing its roots from Native American habitation to its transformation by white settlement and development
Public power, private dams : the Hells Canyon High Dam controversy by Karl Boyd Brooks( )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 1,618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With Public Power, Private Dams, Karl Brooks makes an important contribution not only to the history of the Pacific Northwest and the region's anadromous fisheries but also to the environmental history of the United States in the period after World War II."--Jacket
Dreaming of sheep in Navajo country by Marsha L Weisiger( )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An ambitious, masterful work that addresses fundamental issues about relationships of power between the state and the people it attempts to control, the relationship between nature and cultures, and conflicts between different ways of narrating stories."--Sherry L. Smith, Southern Methodist University
The wilderness writings of Howard Zahniser by Howard Zahniser( )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Howard Zahniser (1906-1964), executive secretary of The Wilderness Society and editor of The Living Wilderness from 1945 to 1964, is arguably the person most responsible for drafting and promoting the Wilderness Act in 1964. The act, which created the National Wilderness Preservation System, was the culmination of Zahniser's years of tenacious lobbying and his work with conservationists across the nation. In 1964, fifty-four wilderness areas in thirteen states were part of the system; today the number has grown to 757 areas, protecting more than a hundred million acres in forty-four states and Puerto Rico. Zahniser's passion for wild places and his arguments for their preservation were communicated through radio addresses, magazine articles, speeches, and congressional testimony. An eloquent and often poetic writer, he seized every opportunity to make the case for the value of wilderness to people, communities, and the nation. Despite his unquestioned importance and the power of his prose, the best of Zahniser's wilderness writings have never before been gathered in a single volume. This indispensable collection makes available in one place essays and other writings that played a vital role in persuading Congress and the American people that wilderness in the United States deserved permanent protection. Mark Harvey, author of the standard biography of Zahniser, provides prefaces to the essays that outline the contexts in which they were written as well as a general introduction to the man whose vision, decency, and quiet passion shine from the pages of this book. Mark Harvey is professor of history at North Dakota State University and the author of Wilderness Forever : Howard Zahniser and the Path to the Wilderness Act and A Symbol of Wilderness : Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement; "Howard Zahniser authored the Wilderness Act of 1964 and was its most tireless advocate. A quiet, self-effacing man who felt no need to call attention to himself, he was also a graceful and eloquent writer whose essays--widely scattered in hard-to-find periodicals--deserve to be much more widely read than they have been. This first-ever anthology gathers his most important wilderness writings into a single volume to make them available to modern readers as never before"--William Cronon"--
Loving nature, fearing the state : environmentalism and antigovernment politics before Reagan by Brian Allen Drake( )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tangled roots : the Appalachian Trail and American environmental politics by Sarah Mittlefehldt( )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Appalachian Trail, a thin ribbon of wilderness running through the densely populated eastern United States, offers a refuge from modern society and a place apart from human ideas and institutions. But as environmental historian and thru-hiker Sarah Mittlefehldt argues, the trail is also a conduit for community engagement and a model for public-private cooperation and environmental stewardship. In Tangled Roots, Mittlefehldt tells the story of the trail's creation. The project was one of the first in which the National Park Service attempted to create public wilderness space within heavily populated, privately owned lands. Originally a regional grassroots endeavor, under federal leadership the trail project retained unprecedented levels of community involvement. As citizen volunteers came together and entered into conversation with the National Parks Service, boundaries between 'local' and 'nonlocal, ' 'public' and 'private, ' 'amateur' and 'expert' frequently broke down. Today, as Mittlefehldt tells us, the Appalachian Trail remains an unusual hybrid of public and private efforts and an inspiring success story of environmental protection"--Jacket
The lost wolves of Japan by Brett L Walker( )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 1,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many Japanese once revered the wolf as Oguchi no Magami, or Large-Mouthed Pure God, but as Japan began its modern transformation wolves lost their otherworldly status and became noxious animals that needed to be killed. By 1905 they had disappeared from the country. In this spirited and absorbing narrative, Brett Walker takes a deep look at the scientific, cultural, and environmental dimensions of wolf extinction in Japan and tracks changing attitudes toward nature through Japan's long history. Grain farmers once worshiped wolves at shrines and left food offerings near their dens, beseeching the elusive canine to protect their crops from the sharp hooves and voracious appetites of wild boars and deer. Talismans and charms adorned with images of wolves protected against fire, disease, and other calamities and brought fertility to agrarian communities and to couples hoping to have children. The Ainu people believed that they were born from the union of a wolflike creature and a goddess. In the eighteenth century, wolves were seen as rabid man-killers in many parts of Japan. Highly ritualized wolf hunts were instigated to cleanse the landscape of what many considered as demons. By the nineteenth century, however, the destruction of wolves had become decidedly unceremonious, as seen on the island of Hokkaido. Through poisoning, hired hunters, and a bounty system, one of the archipelago's largest carnivores was systematically erased. The story of wolf extinction exposes the underside of Japan's modernization. Certain wolf scientists still camp out in Japan to listen for any trace of the elusive canines. The quiet they experience reminds us of the profound silence that awaits all humanity when, as the Japanese priest Kenko taught almost seven centuries ago, we "look on fellow sentient creatures without feeling compassion."
The nature of gold : an environmental history of the Klondike gold rush by Kathryn Taylor Morse( )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 1,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1896, a small group of prospectors discovered a stunningly rich pocket of gold at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers, and in the following two years thousands of individuals traveled to the area, hoping to find wealth in a rugged and challenging setting. Ever since that time, the Klondike Gold Rush--especially as portrayed in photographs of long lines of gold seekers marching up Chilkoot Pass--has had a hold on the popular imagination. In this environmental history of the gold rush, Kathryn Morse describes how the miners got to the Klondike, the mining technologies they employed, and the complex networks by which they obtained food, clothing, and tools. She looks at the political and economic debates surrounding the valuation of gold and the emerging industrial economy that exploited its extraction in Alaska, and explores the ways in which a web of connections among America's transportation, supply, and marketing industries linked miners to other industrial and agricultural laborers across the country. The profound economic and cultural transformations that supported the Alaska-Yukon gold rush ultimately reverberate to modern times. The story Morse tells is often narrated through the diaries and letters of the miners themselves. The daunting challenges of traveling, working, and surviving in the raw wilderness are illustrated not only by the miners' compelling accounts but by newspaper reports and advertisements. Seattle played a key role as "gateway to the Klondike." A public relations campaign lured potential miners to the West and local businesses seized the opportunity to make large profits while thousands of gold seekers streamed through Seattle
Under an open sky : rethinking America's Western past by William Cronon( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The history of the American West is being transformed by exciting new ideas, new questions, new scholarship. For many years this field was dominated by popular images of the lone cowboy and the savage Indian, and by Frederick Jackson Turner's concept of the frontier as a steadily advancing source of democracy and social renewal. But now historians and even the merchants of popular culture are reshaping our views of the frontier and the West by taking up a rich array of new subjects, including the stories of diverse peoples as well as the history of the land itself. A new generation of scholars is reformulating the broader questions also: what was the significance of the frontier in American history? what are the bases of western identity? what themes connect the twentieth-century West to its more distant past?" "The transformation of western history continues to be an open-ended, turbulent process. The original essays in this volume are reports from the frontier of change. In their diverging assumptions and conclusions, they reflect the vitality of this field. They succeed when they make the case for new questions and suggest possible answers. They advocate no single agenda. But taken together they well represent the passion and high craft with which scholars are creating a new western history."--Jacket
Discovered lands, invented pasts : transforming visions of the American West by Jules David Prown( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A common theme of western American art--from the depictions of Indians by early explorers to the monumental landscapes of Albert Bierstadt to the vibrant images of Georgia O'Keeffe--is the transformation of the land through European-American exploration and resettlement. In this handsome book, leading authorities look at western American art of the past three centuries, reevaluating it from the perspectives of history, art history, and American studies." "Jules David Prown begins the book by discussing the need for interdisciplinary approaches to broaden the study of western American art. Nancy K. Anderson then calls for a reconsideration of western art as art rather than documentation and for the adoption of new methods to probe its aesthetic, historical, political, and cultural complexities. William Cronon explores what an environmental historian might learn from American landscape art, concluding that each image must be read as a multilayered view intertwining past, present, and future within a larger context of progress and expansionism. Examining representations of American Indians, Brian W. Dippie finds that early works pictured Indians caught up in a process of dramatic change while later artists showed them frozen outside of time; when the frontier ended, western art made nostalgia its defining characteristic. Martha A. Sandweiss argues that the ways in which views of the American west and its peoples reached nineteenth-century audiences--through large edition prints, book illustrations, or theatrical exhibitions--significantly affected both the images and the meanings attached to them. Susan Prendergast Schoelwer challenges popular perceptions of the frontier as a womanless domain, discovering abundant pictures of Native American women in the art of the western fur trade. Howard R. Lamar concludes by discussing the changing perceptions of western artists and inhabitants of their region's landscape in the twentieth century."--Source inconnue
Uncommon ground : toward reinventing nature by William Cronon( Book )

11 editions published in 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 789 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These conceptions of nature, so familiar and powerful that we take them for granted, are deeply flawed because they too often leave people out of the picture. The original essays in this volume, by leading scholars from many disciplines, examine the problems that flow from a viewpoint that severs human beings and human activities from their place in nature. The essays draw on evidence from many corners of our cultural landscape, from the parks of Frederick Law Olmsted to the cool confines of The Nature Company's stores, from the Amazon rain forest and the Garden of Eden to the virtual world of cyberspace. Together, they point toward new environmental values that affirm a responsible human place in nature. On such a foundation we can meet the challenges of the present and build an environmentalism for the twenty-first century
Uncommon ground : rethinking the human place in nature by Reinventing nature (Seminar)( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and Spanish and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nature: the wilderness that environmentalists try to protect from industrial despoliation; the spectacular national parks where people seek refuge from their everyday urban lives; the endangered plants and animals that now need the shelter of science and law to survive; the rain forests, mountains, deserts, oceans, rivers, and lakes we would like to see as unspoiled, unchanging. These conceptions of nature, so familiar and powerful that we take them for granted, are deeply flawed because they too often leave people out of the picture. The original essays in this volume, by leading scholars from many disciplines, examine the problems that flow from a viewpoint that severs human beings and human activities from their place in nature. The essays draw on evidence from many corners of our cultural landscape, from the parks of Frederick Law Olmsted to the cool confines of The Nature Company's stores, from the Amazon rain forest and the Garden of Eden to the virtual world of cyberspace. Together, they point toward new environmental values that affirm a responsible human place in nature. On such a foundation we can meet the challenges of the present and build an environmentalism for the twenty-first century
World fire : the culture of fire on earth by Stephen J Pyne( )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pyne traces the role of fire in history and reviews the misuse of fire in the modern world
Collected essays on evolution, nature, and the cosmos by Loren C Eiseley( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A paleontologist with the spirit of a poet."--Publisher
Vacationland : Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country by William Philpott( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Vacationland tells the story of the region's dramatic transformation in the decades after World War II, when a loose coalition of tourist boosters fashioned alluring images of nature in the high country and a multitude of local, state, and federal actors built the infrastructure for high-volume tourism: ski mountains, stocked trout streams, motels, resort villages, and highway improvements that culminated in an entirely new corridor through the Rockies, Interstate 70. Vacationland is more than just the tale of one tourist region. It is a case study of how the consumerism of the postwar years rearranged landscapes and revolutionized American environmental attitudes. Postwar tourists pioneered new ways of relating to nature, forging surprisingly strong personal connections to their landscapes of leisure and in many cases reinventing their lifestyles and identities to make vacationland their permanent home."--Amazon.com
Frank Lloyd Wright by Ken Burns( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uses interviews and archival footage to tell the story of the melodramatic life and stunning architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Discusses some of the 800+ buildings designed by Wright, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Johnson Wax Building, Fallingwater, Unity Temple, and Taliesin. Examines how Wright's buildings and ideas changed the way we live, work, and see the world around us. Documents the turbulence of Wright's personal life, including his three marriages, financial troubles, and many scandals
My first summer in the Sierra by John Muir( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Famed naturalist John Muir (1838-1914) came to Wisconsin as a boy and studied at the University of Wisconsin. He first came to California in 1868 and devoted six years to the study of the Yosemite Valley. After work in Nevada, Utah, and Colorado, he returned to California in 1880 and made the state his home. One of the heroes of America's conservation movement, Muir deserves much of the credit for making the Yosemite Valley a protected national park and for alerting Americans to the need to protect this and other natural wonders. My first summer in the Sierra (1911) is based on Muir's original journals and sketches of his 1869 stay in the Sierras. Hired to supervise a San Joaquin sheep owner's flock at the headwaters of the Merced and Tulomne Rivers, Muir sets out for the mountains in June, returning to the Valley in September. He describes the flora and fauna of the mountains as well as his visits to Yosemite and his climbs of Mt. Hoffman and other peaks in the range
Eiseley : collected essays on evolution, nature, and the cosmos by Loren C Eiseley( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume gathers The Immense Journey (1957), The Firmament of Time (1960), The Unexpected Universe (1969), and a selection of Eiseley's uncollected prose together
Loren Eiseley : collected essays on evolution, nature, and the cosmos by Loren C Eiseley( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This companion volume presents The Invisible Pyramid (1970), The Night Country (1971), and the essays gathered after his death in The Star Thrower (1978) together
 
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Nature's metropolis : Chicago and the Great West
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Nature's metropolis : Chicago and the Great WestPublic power, private dams : the Hells Canyon High Dam controversyDreaming of sheep in Navajo countryThe lost wolves of JapanThe nature of gold : an environmental history of the Klondike gold rushUnder an open sky : rethinking America's Western pastDiscovered lands, invented pasts : transforming visions of the American WestUncommon ground : toward reinventing nature
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Cronon, Bill

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