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Environmental Studies


National Park Roads

A Legacy in the American Landscape


Timothy Davis

From Acadia and Great Smoky Mountains to Zion and Mount Rainier, millions of visitors tour America’s national parks. While park roads determine what most visitors see and how they see it, however, few pause to consider when, why, or how the roads they travel on were built. In this extensively... More


The Sky of Our Manufacture

The London Fog in British Fiction from Dickens to Woolf


Jesse Oak Taylor

The smoke-laden fog of London is one of the most vivid elements in English literature, richly suggestive and blurring boundaries between nature and society in compelling ways. In The Sky of Our Manufacture, Jesse Oak Taylor uses the many depictions of the London fog in the late nineteenth- and... More


Community-Based Collaboration

Bridging Socio-Ecological Research and Practice


edited by E. Franklin Dukes, Karen E. Firehock, and Juliana E. Birkhoff

The debate over the value of community-based environmental collaboration is one that dominates current discussions of the management of public lands and other resources. In Community-Based Collaboration: Bridging Socio-Ecological Research and Practice, the volume’s contributors offer an in-depth... More


Drawn to Landscape

The Pioneering Work of J. B. Jackson


Edited by Janet Mendelsohn and Christopher Wilson

From 1951 to 1969, John Brinckerhoff (J. B.) Jackson founded, edited, and published Landscape, a magazine that changed the way scholars, writers, teachers, designers, planners, and artists came to understand the everyday places that surround us and influence us in fundamental ways. Then, as a... More


Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

Making the Modern Landscape


Susan Herrington. Foreword by Marc Treib

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is one of the most important landscape architects of the twentieth century, yet despite her lasting influence, few outside the field know her name. Her work has been instrumental in the development of the late-twentieth-century design ethic, and her early years working with... More


Primates in the Real World

Escaping Primate Folklore and Creating Primate Science


Georgina M. Montgomery

The opening of this vital new book centers on a series of graves memorializing baboons killed near Amboseli National Park in Kenya in 2009--a stark image that emphasizes both the close emotional connection between primate researchers and their subjects and the intensely human qualities of the... More


The Significance of Territory



Jean Gottman

Over her thirty-year study of the concept of territory, Jean Gottmann has seen its significance evolve in a wide variety of ways throughout the world. Factors that influence the attitude of people toward their territory involve studies of geography, politics, and economics of a region. The... More


The General in the Garden

George Washington's Landscape at Mount Vernon


Edited by Susan P. Schoelwer

The General in the Garden provides an engaging, informative, and richly illustrated introduction to George Washington’s landscape at Mount Vernon—arguably the best-documented, best-preserved complex of gardens and grounds to survive from eighteenth-century America.The book’s three essays, by Adam... More


Anthropocene Fictions

The Novel in a Time of Climate Change


Adam Trexler

Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have transformed the Earth’s atmosphere, committing our planet to more extreme weather, rising sea levels, melting polar ice caps, and mass extinction. This period of observable human impact on the Earth’s ecosystems has been called the Anthropocene Age. The... More


The Last Launch

Messages in the Bottle


Yi-Fu Tuan

Yi-Fu Tuan, one of the world’s most honored scholars and the founder of humanist geography, has spent a lifetime exploring the relationship between the places and spaces that surround us and the inner self. In particular, his writings have focused on what it means to achieve human dignity within... More


At Home and Astray

The Domestic Dog in Victorian Britain


Philip Howell

Although the British consider themselves a nation of dog lovers, what we have come to know as the modern dog came into existence only after a profound, and relatively recent, transformation in that country’s social attitudes and practices. In At Home and Astray, Philip Howell focuses on Victorian... More


The Most Defiant Devil

William Temple Hornaday and His Controversial Crusade to Save American Wildlife


Gregory J. Dehler

The late nineteenth and early twentieth century were a brutal time for American wildlife, with many species pushed to the brink of extinction. (Some are endangered to this day.) And yet these decades also saw the dawn of the conservationist movement. Into this contradictory era came William Temple... More


Dancing with Disaster

Environmental Histories, Narratives, and Ethics for Perilous Times


Kate Rigby

The calamitous impacts of climate change that are beginning to be felt around the world today expose the inextricability of human and natural histories. Arguing for a more complex account of such calamities, Kate Rigby examines a variety of past disasters, from the Black Death of the Middle Ages to... More


Landscape and Images



John R. Stilgoe

John Stilgoe is just looking around. This is more difficult than it sounds, particularly in our mediated age, when advances in both theory and technology too often seek to replace the visual evidence before our own eyes rather than complement it. We are surrounded by landscapes charged with our... More


A Year in Rock Creek Park

The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC


Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Photographs by Susan Austin Roth

2015 IPPY Silver Medalist, Best Mid-Atlantic NonfictionTwice the size of Central Park, Rock Creek Park is the wild, wooded heart of Washington, DC, offering refuge from a frantic city pace to millions of visitors each year. Rock Creek Valley, which serves as the spine of the national park, has a... More


Flights of Imagination

Aviation, Landscape, Design


Sonja Dümpelmann

In much the same way that views of the earth from the Apollo missions in the late 1960s and early 1970s led indirectly to the inauguration of Earth Day and the modern environmental movement, the dawn of aviation ushered in a radically new way for architects, landscape designers, urban planners,... More


Different Shades of Green

African Literature, Environmental Justice, and Political Ecology


Byron Caminero-Santangelo

Engaging important discussions about social conflict, environmental change, and imperialism in Africa, Different Shades of Green points to legacies of African environmental writing, often neglected as a result of critical perspectives shaped by dominant Western conceptions of nature and... More


To Pass On a Good Earth

The Life and Work of Carl O. Sauer


Michael Williams. With David Lowenthal and William M. Denevan

To Pass On a Good Earth is the candid and compelling new biography of one of the twentieth century’s most distinctive and influential scholars. The legendary "Great God beyond the Sierras," Carl Ortwin Sauer is America’s most famed geographer, an inspiration to both academics and poets, yet no... More


The Working Man's Green Space

Allotment Gardens in England, France, and Germany, 1870-1919


Micheline Nilsen

With antecedents dating back to the Middle Ages, the community garden is more popular than ever as a means of procuring the freshest food possible and instilling community cohesion. But as Micheline Nilsen shows, the small-garden movement, which gained impetus in the nineteenth century as rural... More


Mr. and Mrs. Dog

Our Travels, Trials, Adventures, and Epiphanies


Donald McCaig

The New York Times–bestselling author Donald McCaig has established an expansive literary career, founded equally on books about working sheepdogs and the Civil War novels Jacob’s Ladder and Rhett Butler’s People, the official sequel to Gone with the Wind.In his new book, Mr. and Mrs. Dog, McCaig... More


Unbounded Practice

Women and Landscape Architecture in the Early Twentieth Century


Thaïsa Way

Women have practiced as landscape architects for over a century, since the founding of the practice as a profession in the United States in the 1890s. They came to landscape architecture as gardeners, garden designers, horticulturalists, and fine artists. They simultaneously shaped the profession... More


The Afterlives of Animals

A Museum Menagerie


Edited by Samuel J.M.M. Alberti

In the quiet halls of the natural history museum, there are some creatures still alive with stories, whose personalities refuse to be relegated to the dusty corners of an exhibit. The fame of these beasts during their lifetimes has given them an iconic status in death. More than just museum... More


Public Nature

Scenery, History, and Park Design


Edited by Ethan Carr, Shaun Eyring, and Richard Guy Wilson

This diverse new collection of essays, written by scholars, practitioners, and public-land managers, considers the history of public park design, as well as the parks themselves as repositories of cultural values. In exploring the role design has played in these public spaces, the contributors look... More


Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer

A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age


Judith K. Major

Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer (1851–1934) was one of the premier figures in landscape writing and design at the turn of the twentieth century, a moment when the amateur pursuit of gardening and the increasingly professionalized landscape design field were beginning to diverge. This intellectual... More


Almost Home

The Public Landscapes of Gertrude Jekyll


Kristine F. Miller

The perennial borders and woodland gardens Gertrude Jekyll designed for the estates of monied clients continue to inspire designers, historians, and enthusiasts today, as do her writings on the seasonal qualities of gardens. While numerous biographers, garden historians, and critics have described... More


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