Reading the Landscape of America


Author: May Theilgaard Watts

Publisher: Nature Study Guild Publishers

ISBN: 9780912550237

Category: Science

Page: 354

View: 6045

In this natural history classic, the author takes the reader on field trips to landscapes across America, both domesticated and wild. She shows how to read the stories written in the land, interpreting the clues laid down by history, culture, and natural forces. A renowned teacher, writer and conservationist in her native Midwest, Watts studied with Henry Cowles, the pioneering American ecologist. She was the first to explain his theories of plant succesion to the general public. Her graceful, witty essays, with charming illustrations by the author, are still relevant and engaging today, as she invites us to see the world around us with fresh eyes.

Reading the Landscape of Europe


Author: May Theilgaard Watts

Publisher: Nature Study Guild Publishers

ISBN: 9780912550305

Category: Science

Page: 346

View: 8563

Come along on a field trip with the esteemed American naturalist May Theilgaard Watts to see how nature, history and culture have written their stories on the landscapes of Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Britain. She makes a lively guide, knowledgeable, literary, witty and opinionated, drawing on botany, ecology, and geography, as well as literature and folklore, to explain how a place came to look and feel the way it does.In this sequel to her popular book Reading the Landscape of America, Watts explored the hills of Italy, the grouse heath of Britain, the Black Forest of Germany, the limestone plateaus of France, and much more, explaining the forces that shaped these landscapes and continue to change them. Illustrated with dozens of pen and ink by the author. Includes a key to identifying the trees of Europe.

Hard Places

Reading the Landscape of America's Historic Mining Districts


Author: Richard V. Francaviglia

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9780877456094

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 258

View: 1196

Working with the premise that there are much meaning and value in the "repelling beauty" of mining landscapes, Richard Francaviglia identifies the visual clues that indicate an area has been mined and tells us how to read them, showing the interconnections among all of America's major mining districts. With a style as bold as the landscape he reads and with photographs to match, he interprets the major forces that have shaped the architecture, design, and topography of mining areas. Covering many different types of mining and mining locations, he concludes that mining landscapes have come to symbolize the turmoil between what our society elects to view as two opposing forces: culture and nature.


The Landscape of America's First Oil Boom


Author: Brian Black

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801863172

Category: Architecture

Page: 235

View: 3935

Known as "Petrolia," the region charged the popular imagination with its nearly overnight transition from agriculture to industry. But so unrestrained were these early efforts at oil drilling, Black writes, that "the landscape came to be viewed only as an instrument out of which one could extract crude." In a very short time, Petrolia was a ruined place - environmentally, economically, and to some extent even culturally

The Making of the American Landscape


Author: Michael P. Conzen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317793692

Category: Architecture

Page: 568

View: 684

The only compact yet comprehensive survey of environmental and cultural forces that have shaped the visual character and geographical diversity of the settled American landscape. The book examines the large-scale historical influences that have molded the varied human adaptation of the continent’s physical topography to its needs over more than 500 years. It presents a synoptic view of myriad historical processes working together or in conflict, and illustrates them through their survival in or disappearance from the everyday landscapes of today.

Common Landscape of America, 1580 to 1845


Author: John R. Stilgoe

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300030464

Category: History

Page: 429

View: 8058

This book explains how and why the landscape changed between the times of the early Spanish settlers and the impact of industrialization. The builders who created and maintained the American landscape until 1845 learned mostly from one another.

The Landscape of Reform

Civic Pragmatism and Environmental Thought in America


Author: Ben A. Minteer

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262134616

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 3163

In The Landscape of Reform Ben Minteer offers a fresh and provocative reading of the intellectual foundations of American environmentalism, focusing on the work and legacy of four important conservation and planning thinkers in the first half of the twentieth century: Liberty Hyde Bailey, a forgotten figure in the Progressive conservation movement; urban and regional planning theorist Lewis Mumford; Benton MacKaye, the forester and conservationist who proposed the Appalachian Trail in the 1920s; and Aldo Leopold, author of the environmentalist classic A Sand County Almanac. Minteer argues that these writers blazed a significant "third way" in environmental ethics and practice, a more pragmatic approach that offers a counterpoint to the anthropocentrism-versus-ecocentrism -- use-versus-preservation -- narrative that has long dominated discussions of the development of American environmental thought. Minteer shows that the environmentalism of Bailey, Mumford, MacKaye, and Leopold was also part of a larger moral and political program, one that included efforts to revitalize democratic citizenship, conserve regional culture and community identity, and reclaim a broader understanding of the public interest that went beyond economics and materialism. Their environmental thought was an attempt to critique and at the same time reform American society and political culture. Minteer explores the work of these four environmental reformers and considers two present-day manifestations of an environmental third way: Natural Systems Agriculture, an alternative to chemical and energy-intensive industrial agriculture; and New Urbanism, an attempt to combat the negative effects of suburban sprawl. By rediscovering the pragmatic roots of American environmentalism, writes Minteer, we can help bring about a new, civic-minded environmentalism today.

Home Ground

Language for an American Landscape


Author: Barry Lopez,Debra Gwartney

Publisher: Trinity University Press

ISBN: 1595340882

Category: Reference

Page: 480

View: 9594

Published to great acclaim in 2006, the hardcover edition of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape met with outstanding reviews and strong sales, going into three printings. A language-lover's dream, Home Ground revitalized a descriptive language for the American landscape by combining geography, literature, and folklore in one volume. Now in paperback, this visionary reference is available to an entire new segment of readers. Home Ground brings together 45 poets and writers to create more than 850 original definitions for words that describe our lands and waters. The writers draw from careful research and their own distinctive stylistic, personal, and regional diversity to portray in bright, precise prose the striking complexity of the landscapes we inhabit. Home Ground includes 100 black-and-white line drawings by Molly O’Halloran and an introductory essay by Barry Lopez.

Reading the Sphere

A Geography of Contemporary American Poetry


Author: Richard Silberg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781893163348

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 215

View: 8655

Richard Silberg analyzes the various styles of in-vogue poetry, from New Critical poets like Anthony Hecht and Language poets like Richard Silliman, to academic poets such as Anne Carson and "barbarian" poets who perform in interactive poetry slams. Each essay involves the reader in the critical process of understanding the language and themes of the poet under discussion.

Reading the Landscape


Author: Peter Watson


ISBN: 1861089937

Category: Photography

Page: 192

View: 3886

It is not only what we see but how we see that makes a difference... In his sequel to Capturing the Light, Peter Watson revisits the often delicate process of interpreting and capturing landscapes in photography. His, almost scientific, approach challenges us to see like an artist and seize creative opportunities, whilst comprehensive tools and techniques coverage allow us to put his theories into practice, with impressive results.

Window Seat: Europe

Reading the Landscape from the Air


Author: Gregory Dicum

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9780811851510

Category: Travel

Page: 176

View: 6905

Flying on the wing of the North American edition's success, this book decodesthe sights to be seen on any flight across Europe. 67 color aerial photos. 18line drawings. Fold-out map.

Reading the Forested Landscape

A Natural History of New England


Author: Tom Wessels

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780881504200

Category: Nature

Page: 199

View: 5797

Chronicles the forest in New England from the Ice Age to current challenges

Reading Rural Landscapes: A Field Guide to New England's Past


Author: Robert Stanford

Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers and Cadent Publishing

ISBN: 0884483703

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 8898

William Faulkner once said, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." Nowhere can you see the truth behind his comment more plainly than in rural New England, especially Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and western Massachusetts. Everywhere we go in rural New England, the past surrounds us. In the woods and fields and along country roads, the traces are everywhere if we know what to look for and how to interpret what we see. A patch of neglected daylilies marks a long-abandoned homestead. A grown-over cellar hole with nearby stumps and remnants of stone wall and orchard shows us where a farm has been reclaimed by forest. And a piece of a stone dam and wooden sluice mark the site of a long-gone mill. Although slumping back into the landscape, these features speak to us if we can hear them and they can guide us to ancestral homesteads and famous sites. Lavishly illustrated with drawings and color photos. Provides the keys to interpret human artifacts in fields, woods, and roadsides and to reconstruct the past from surviving clues. Perfect to carry in a backpack or glove box. A unique and valuable resource for road trips, genealogical research, naturalists, and historians.

Geography Of Nowhere

The Rise And Declineof America'S Man-Made Landscape


Author: James Howard Kunstler

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671888250

Category: Architecture

Page: 303

View: 5132

Argues that much of what surrounds Americans is depressing, ugly, and unhealthy; and traces America's evolution from a land of village commons to a man-made landscape that ignores nature and human needs.

Landscape and Race in the United States


Author: Richard Schein

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113607810X

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 8897

Landscape and Race in the United States is the definitive volume on racialized landscapes in the United States. Edited by Richard Schein, each essay is grounded in a particular location but all of the essays are informed by the theoretical vision that the cultural landscapes of America are infused with race and America's racial divide. While featuring the black/white divide, the book also investigates other social landscapes including Chinatowns, Latino landscapes in the Southwest and white suburban landscapes. The essays are accessible and readable providing historical and contemporary coverage.

The Landscape of History

How Historians Map the Past


Author: John Lewis Gaddis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199741212

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 6416

What is history and why should we study it? Is there such a thing as historical truth? Is history a science? One of the most accomplished historians at work today, John Lewis Gaddis, answers these and other questions in this short, witty, and humane book. The Landscape of History provides a searching look at the historian's craft, as well as a strong argument for why a historical consciousness should matter to us today. Gaddis points out that while the historical method is more sophisticated than most historians realize, it doesn't require unintelligible prose to explain. Like cartographers mapping landscapes, historians represent what they can never replicate. In doing so, they combine the techniques of artists, geologists, paleontologists, and evolutionary biologists. Their approaches parallel, in intriguing ways, the new sciences of chaos, complexity, and criticality. They don't much resemble what happens in the social sciences, where the pursuit of independent variables functioning with static systems seems increasingly divorced from the world as we know it. So who's really being scientific and who isn't? This question too is one Gaddis explores, in ways that are certain to spark interdisciplinary controversy. Written in the tradition of Marc Bloch and E.H. Carr, The Landscape of History is at once an engaging introduction to the historical method for beginners, a powerful reaffirmation of it for practitioners, a startling challenge to social scientists, and an effective skewering of post-modernist claims that we can't know anything at all about the past. It will be essential reading for anyone who reads, writes, teaches, or cares about history.

The Sisters Mortland


Author: Sally Beauman

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 145555149X

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 1385

A powerful and haunting story of three sisters and the tragedy at the center of their lives from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Destiny and Rebecca's Tale. Summer 1967: In the heart of rural Suffolk, 13-year-old Maisie is at her decaying family home, a former medieval abbey. As an artist paints a portrait of Maisie and her older sisters, arrogant, beautiful Julia and brilliant, bookish Finn, Maisie embarks upon a portrait of her own: an account of her troubled family and her village friend Daniel. Before the summer is over, an accident will have befallen the family-one which changes their lives irrevocably for the worse. Winter 1991: As the now-famous portrait of the Mortland sisters is being featured in a huge exhibition, Daniel seeks to free himself of his obsession with these women by unraveling the secrets of that fateful summer. Readers will be transported, fascinated, and have their hearts broken by this page-turning novel of a most extraordinary family.

Political Economies of Landscape Change

Places of Integrative Power


Author: James L. Jr Wescoat,Douglas M. Johnston

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402058497

Category: Social Science

Page: 222

View: 5526

This hugely important and timely work asks how politics and economics transform the landscapes we inhabit. It explores the connections between political economy and landscape change through a series of conceptual essays and case studies. In so doing, it speaks to a broad readership of landscape architects, geographers, and related fields of social and environmental research.

Great Gardens of America


Author: Tim Richardson

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

ISBN: 9780711235939

Category: Gardening

Page: 304

View: 3206

An authoritative and superbly illustrated celebration of the great gardens of the United States and Canada from the author of the highly acclaimed The New English Garden. The gardens chosen for this book range from eighteenth-century landscape gardens such as Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Virginia, through twentieth-century creations such as the lakeside garden at Innisfree in New York State and dramatic Naumkeag in Massachusetts to the work of exciting new designers such as Topher Delaney in San Francisco and Martha Schwartz in New Mexico. Many of the gardens are open to the public, so readers can actually visit them. The others, newer domestic gardens, offer instead glimpses into a glamorous world of luxurious outdoor living.

Landscape in Sight

Looking at America


Author: John Brinckerhoff Jackson,Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300080742

Category: Gardening

Page: 440

View: 9260

During a long and distinguished career, John Brinckerhoff Jackson (1909-1996) brought about a new understanding and appreciation of the American landscape. Hailed in 1995 by New York Times architectural critic Herbert Muschamp as 'America’s greatest living writer on the forces that have shaped the land this nation occupies,' Jackson founded Landscape Magazine in 1951, taught at Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley, and wrote nearly 200 essays and reviews. This appealing anthology of his most important writings on the American landscape, illustrated with his own sketches and photographs, brings together Jackson’s most famous essays, significant but less well known writings, and articles that were originally published unsigned or under various pseudonyms. Jackson also completed a new essay for this volume, 'Places for Fun and Games,' a few months before his death. Focusing not on nature but on landscape - land shaped by human presence - Jackson insists in his writings that the workaday world gives form to the essential American landscape. In the everyday places of the countryside and city, he discerns texts capable of revealing important truths about society and culture, present and past. For this collection Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz provides an introduction that discusses the larger body of Jackson’s writing and locates each of the selected essays within his oeuvre. She also includes a complete bibliography of Jackson’s writings.