George Perkins Marsh: Prophet of Conservation (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)

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George Perkins Marsh (1801-1882) was the first to reveal the menace of environmental misuse, to explain its causes, and to prescribe reforms.David Lowenthal here offers fresh insights, from new sources, into Marsh's career and shows his relevance today, in a book which has its roots in but wholly supersedes Lowenthal's earlier biography George Perkins Marsh: Versatile Vermonter (1958). Marsh's devotion to the repair of nature, to the concerns of working people, to women's rights, and to historical stewardship resonate more than ever. His Vermont birthplace is now a national park chronicling American conservation, and the crusade he launched is now global.Marsh's seminal book "Man and Nature" is famed for its ecological acumen. The clue to its inception lies in Marsh's many-sided engagement in the life of his time. The broadest scholar of his day, he was an acclaimed linguist, lawyer, congressman, and renowned diplomat who served 25 years as U.S. envoy to Turkey and to Italy. He helped found and guide the Smithsonian Institution, shaped the Washington Monument, penned potent tracts on fisheries and on irrigation, spearheaded public science, art, and architecture. He wrote on camels and corporate corruption, Icelandic grammar and Alpine glaciers. His pungent and provocative letters illuminate life on both sides of the Atlantic.Like Darwin's "Origin of Species", Marsh's "Man and Nature" marked the inception of a truly modern way of looking at the world, of taking care lest we irreversibly degrade the fabric of humanised nature we are bound to manage. Marsh's ominous warnings inspired reforestation, watershed management, soil conservation, and nature protection in his day and ours. 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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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
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