The Making of the American Landscapes

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The Making of the American Landscapes

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9780049170100: The Making of the American Landscapes

The nature and evolution of the cultural landscape of North America are revealed with authority in this book. The editor has drawn together carefully integrated contributions from a team of scholars of landscape - geographers, historians, archaeologists and others - to present a readable and fully illustrated account of a widely appealing subject. Ranging from an introduction to the physical environment of the continent, through the impact of the Asian peoples who crossed the Bering Straits 15,000 years ago to "Landscapes Redesigned for the Automobile", the chapters cover the richness of landscape history and evolution, with all its ethnic, ecological, economic, aesthetic and political dimensions. The book is sure to enjoy a wide readership, not least among students following courses within schools of geography, history, or landscape arthitecture.

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'Michael Conzen has re-assembled a superb line up of authors renowned for their capacity to see detail and interpret the big picture. Chapters have been updated, especially through an expanded array of historical and contemporary views of landscapes, and several new authors make this an even more compelling text." – Deryck Holdsworth, Pennsylvania State University

"Since its publication in 1990, The Making of the American Landscape has remained the best single-volume introduction to the country's cultural landscape mosaic." –Chris Wilson, University of New Mexico, USA

"The Making of the American Landscape is, simply stated, an amazing book. It should be required reading for anyone interested in the evolution of landscape. It is also a fine text to be used in classes which focus on historical geography or landscape studies more broadly....There is not a single chapter that this reviewer found disappointing or uninteresting." – Dawn S. Bowen, Department of Geography, University of Mary Washington

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Michael Conzen is Professor of Geography at the University of Chicago

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