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Plowed Under

Author: Andrew P. Duffin
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 9780295989808
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In Plowed Under, Andrew P. Duffin traces the transformation of the Palouse region of Washington and Idaho from land thought unusable and unproductive to a wealth-generating agricultural paradise, weighing the consequences of what this progress has wrought. During the twentieth century, the Palouse became synonymous with wheat, and the landscape was irrevocably altered. At the dawn of the twenty-first century, native vegetation is almost nonexistent, stream water is so dirty that it is often unfit for even livestock, and 94 percent of all land has been converted to agriculture. Commercial agriculture also created a less noticeable ecological change: soil erosion. While common to industrial agriculture nationwide, topsoil loss evoked different political and social reactions in the Palouse. Farmers all over the nation take pride in their freedom and independence, but in the Palouse, Duffin shows, this mentality - a remnant of an older agrarian past - has been taken to the extreme and is partly responsible for erosion problems that are among the worst in the nation. In the hope of charting a better, more sustainable future, Duffin argues for a candid look at the land, its people, their decisions, and the repercussions of those decisions. As he notes, the debate is not over whether to use the land, but over what that use will look like and its social and ecological results.

The Georgia Peach

Author: William Thomas Okie
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107071720
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This book explores the significance of the peach as a cultural icon and viable commodity in the American South.

Making Climate Change History

Author: Joshua P. Howe
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295741406
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This collection pulls together key documents from the scientific and political history of climate change, including congressional testimony, scientific papers, newspaper editorials, court cases, and international declarations. Far more than just a compendium of source materials, the book uses these documents as a way to think about history, while at the same time using history as a way to approach the politics of climate change from a new perspective. Making Climate Change History provides the necessary background to give readers the opportunity to pose critical questions and create plausible answers to help them understand climate change in its historical context; it also illustrates the relevance of history to building effective strategies for dealing with the climatic challenges of the future.

How To Read The American West

Author: William Wyckoff
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295805374
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From deserts to ghost towns, from national forests to California bungalows, many of the features of the western American landscape are well known to residents and travelers alike. But in How to Read the American West, William Wyckoff introduces readers anew to these familiar landscapes. A geographer and an accomplished photographer, Wyckoff offers a fresh perspective on the natural and human history of the American West and encourages readers to discover that history has shaped the places where people live, work, and visit. This innovative field guide includes stories, photographs, maps, and diagrams on a hundred landscape features across the American West. Features are grouped according to type, such as natural landscapes, farms and ranches, places of special cultural identity, and cities and suburbs. Unlike the geographic organization of a traditional guidebook, Wyckoff's field guide draws attention to the connections and the differences between and among places. Emphasizing features that recur from one part of the region to another, the guide takes readers on an exploration of the eleven western states with trips into their natural and cultural character. How to Read the American West is an ideal traveling companion on the main roads and byways in the West, providing unexpected insights into the landscapes you see out your car window. It is also a wonderful source for armchair travelers and people who live in the West who want to learn more about the modern West, how it came to be, and how it may change in the years to come. Showcasing the everyday alongside the exceptional, Wyckoff demonstrates how asking new questions about the landscapes of the West can let us see our surroundings more clearly, helping us make informed and thoughtful decisions about their stewardship in the twenty-first century. Watch the trailer:

Iceland Imagined

Author: Karen Oslund
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 029599083X
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This cultural and environmental history sweeps across the dramatic North Atlantic landscape, exploring its unusual geology, saga narratives, language, culture, and politics and analyzing its emergence as a distinctive and symbolic part of Europe. The book closes with a discussion of Iceland's modern whaling practices and its recent financial collapse.

A Storied Wilderness

Author: James W. Feldman
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295802979
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The Apostle Islands are a solitary place of natural beauty, with red sandstone cliffs, secluded beaches, and a rich and unique forest surrounded by the cold, blue waters of Lake Superior. But this seemingly pristine wilderness has been shaped and reshaped by humans. The people who lived and worked in the Apostles built homes, cleared fields, and cut timber in the island forests. The consequences of human choices made more than a century ago can still be read in today�s wild landscapes. A Storied Wilderness traces the complex history of human interaction with the Apostle Islands. In the 1930s, resource extraction made it seem like the islands� natural beauty had been lost forever. But as the island forests regenerated, the ways that people used and valued the islands changed - human and natural processes together led to the rewilding of the Apostles. In 1970, the Apostles were included in the national park system and ultimately designated as the Gaylord Nelson Wilderness. How should we understand and value wild places with human pasts? James Feldman argues convincingly that such places provide the opportunity to rethink the human place in nature. The Apostle Islands are an ideal setting for telling the national story of how we came to equate human activity with the loss of wilderness characteristics, when in reality all of our cherished wild places are the products of the complicated interactions between human and natural history. Watch the book trailer:

Hinter Den Roten Steinen

Author: Patrizia Stahl
ISBN: 1847532799
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Schwabisch Hall bezeichnet sich selbst als grosste europaische Bausparkasse und unangefochtener Spitzenreiter in Deutschland. Das Image der weissen Weste wird intensiv gepflegt. Wie sieht es aber hinter den Kulissen direkt bei den Mitarbeitern aus? Patrizia Stahl hatte 14 Jahre Einblick in die internen Entscheidungsprozesse aus der Sicht der Vertriebsbasis. Sie beschreibt, wie die Schwabisch Hall Gruppe wirklich funktioniert.Wie werden die Mitarbeiter gedrillt, immer hohere Umsatzziele zu meistern, was geschieht wirklich innerhalb der Fuhrungsebenen? 100%ig recherchiert anhand von Schreiben, internen Protokollen und Tonbandaufzeichnung entfuhrt uns Patrizia Stahl in eine Welt der Intrigen, Machtspiele und Strategien. Egal, ob sie der Frage nachgeht, warum im Osten Deutschlands so viele ehemalige Stasi Mitarbeiter Unterschlupf fanden, wie Fuhrungskrafte ihre Mitarbeiter als reine Produktionsmaschinen sehen. Das Buch gibt Antworten.

Nordwest Amerikanische Indianerkunst

Author: Leonhard Adam
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3864442214
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Nachdruck des Originals. James Cook brachte von seinen Reisen auch von den nordwestamerikanischen Indianern Kunstgegenst nde mir nach Europa, die in diesem Buch dargestellt werden.