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Craig E. Colten is the Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography at Louisiana State University. Geoffrey L. Buckley is Professor of Geography at Ohio University.
Craig E. Colten and Geoffrey L. Buckley
Part I: Settling and Resettling the Land
Chapter 1: The New Narrative on Native Landscape Transformations
Michael D. Myers and William E. Doolittle
Chapter 2: North America’s Colonial European Roots, 1492 to 1867
Jeffrey S. Smith
Chapter 3: African Arrivals and Transformations
Part II: Remaking Society
Chapter 4: Reordering the Geography of Indian Country: Historical Geographies of Removal, Reservations, and Assimilation
Chapter 5: Labor and New Community Formation in the Twentieth Century
Ines M. Miyares
Chapter 6: The Great Migration
Part III: Transforming the Land
Chapter 7: Making Connections via Roads, Rivers, Canals, and Rails
Chapter 8: Extracting Wealth from the Earth and Forest
Geoffrey L. Buckley
Chapter 9: Redirecting Water: Transforming Waterways
Craig E. Colten
Chapter 10: Preserving Lands for Future Generations: The U. S. Experience
Lary M. Dilsaver
Chapter 11: Animals and the American Landscape
Part IV: Shaping the Landscape
Chapter 12: "Dividing the Land"
Timothy G. Anderson
Chapter 13: Science and Sentiment: The Work of Photography in Nineteenth-Century North America
Joan M. Schwartz
Chapter 14: Making Mythic Landscapes
Chapter 15: The Historical Geography of Racialized Landscapes
Derek H. Alderman and E. Arnold Modlin Jr.
Chapter 16: Toward a Gendered Historical Geography of North America
Chapter 17: Shaping Tourism
Chapter 18: Creating Regional Landscapes and Identities
Part V: Urbanizing the Land
Chapter 19: Making Urban Wealth: The Primacy of Mercantilism
Michael P. Conzen
Chapter 20: “If Ever a City Needed the Definite Plan”: Planning Spatial Order for American Cities
Edward K. Muller
Chapter 21: Planning and American Urbanization since 1950
Chapter 22: Justice and Equity in the City
Christopher G. Boone
Editors Colten and Buckley envisioned their book to update and complement earlier historical geographies of the continent. The topical and methodological framework employed by the editors provides a vibrant survey of the breadth and depth of the discourse, themes, and controversies currently energizing the discipline of historical geography. The authoritative roster of scholars, their thought-provoking essay foci, and the structuring of the collection coalesce into a unifying rhythm and energy that is not often found in edited volumes. The 22 essays are divided into five sections focusing on indigenous societies and European settlement; 19th-century industrialization and westward expansion; nature-society interactions; perception and identity; and urban issues. The fourth section, ‘Shaping the Landscape,’ is the lengthiest and theoretically strongest, featuring seven essays tackling such subjects as race, gender, tourism, and mythogenesis. Individual essays throughout the collection present a well-balanced epistemological treatment broaching traditional and critical approaches. The essays are nicely adorned with over 100 well-chosen and attractive maps and archival photographs. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
— Choice Reviews
This work is a monumental achievement of both historical geography and environmental history. Craig E. Colten and Geoffrey L. Buckley set out to answer geographer Carl Sauer’s plea, made over seven decades ago, to return historical narratives, methodologies, and perspectives to the discipline of geography. This comprehensive edited collection does so admirably. Synthesizing the most recent innovative theoretical work of scholars specializing in cultural and historical geography, North American Odyssey: Historical Geographiesfor the Twenty-First Century will serve specialists and nonspecialists alike.
— Journal of Southern History
[North American Odyssey] offer useful summaries of important components of the historical geography of the United States. It also reveals a group of vigorous American historical geographers turning with considerable energy in various, loosely-related directions that could, in powerful hands, provide grist for a fresh and powerful synthesis of the historical geography of the United States.
— Journal of Historical Geography
Both the old and the new are included among these twenty-two essays. . . .One has to agree with the editors that North American Odyssey proves that historical geography is 'alive and well.'
— Historical Geography
This innovative collection of essays by leading scholars shows how North America came to look the way it does. Its thematic organization makes connections past and present in ways that students will appreciate.
— Richard Harris, McMaster University
In North American Odyssey, Craig Colten and Geoff Buckley have included some of the best scholars in the field. The book is, by turn, informative, inspiring, and provocative. A good read.
— Stanley W. Trimble, emeritus, UCLA
An excellent volume, insightful, and up-to-date.
— Richard Nostrand, University of Oklahoma
Thematic treatment of the historical geography of North AmericaWritten by leading scholars in the fieldRichly illustrated with maps and photographs Provides an overview of the wide range of research avenues historical geographers are exploring todayPower point slides created by the authors are available for adopting professors. For instructions on how to access this material, contact email@example.com.
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