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Atlantic Environments and the American South - (Environmental History and the American South) by Thomas Blake Earle & D Andrew Johnson (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 242

Genre: History

Sub-Genre: United States

Series Title: Environmental History and the American South

Format: Paperback

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: State & Local, General

Author: Thomas Blake Earle & D Andrew Johnson

Language: English

Street Date: March 1, 2020
TCIN: 80982797
UPC: 9780820356693
Item Number (DPCI): 247-60-2648
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


There is clear overlap in interests and influences for the fields of Atlantic, environmental, and southern history, but scholarship in them has often advanced on parallel tracks. This anthology places itself at the intersection, pushing for a new confluence. Editors Thomas Blake Earle and D. Andrew Johnson provide a lucid introduction to this collection of essays that brings these disciplines together. With this volume, historians explore crucial insights into a self-consciously Atlantic environmental history of the American South, touching on such topics as ideas about slavery, gender, climate, "colonial ecological revolution," manipulation of the landscape, infrastructure, resources, and exploitation.

By centering this project on a region, the American South--defined as the southeastern reaches of North America and the Caribbean-- the authors interrogate how European colonizers, Native Americans, and Africans interacted in and with the (sub)tropics, a place foreign to Europeans.

Challenging the concepts of "Atlantic" and "southern" and their intersection with "environments" is a discipline-defining strategy at the leading edge of emerging scholarship. Taken collectively, this book should encourage more readers to reimagine this region, its time periods, climate(s), and ecocultural networks.

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