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Landscapes of Conflict

William G. Robbins, William Cronon (Foreword by)

2010    416 Pages    (Carnegie Mellon University Press)

DDC: 333.709795    LCC: GE155.O7

OCLC: 618330370    ISBN 13: 9780295990439    ISBN 10: 0295990430

Post-World War II Oregon was a place of optimism and growth, a spectacular natural region from ocean to high desert that seemingly provided opportunity in abundance. With the passing of time, however, Oregon's citizens -- rural and urban -- would find themselves entangled in issues that they had little experience in resolving. The same trees that provided income to timber corporations, small mill owners, loggers, and many small towns in Oregon, also provided a dramatic landscape and a home to [...]

Post-World War II Oregon was a place of optimism and growth, a spectacular natural region from ocean to high desert that seemingly provided opportunity in abundance. With the passing of time, however, Oregon's citizens -- rural and urban -- would find themselves entangled in issues that they had little experience in resolving. The same trees that provided income to timber corporations, small mill owners, loggers, and many small towns in Oregon, also provided a dramatic landscape and a home to creatures at risk. The rivers whose harnessing created power for industries that helped sustain Oregon's growth -- and were dumping grounds for municipal and industrial wastes -- also provided passageways to spawning grounds for fish, domestic water sources, and recreational space for everyday Oregonians. The story of Oregon's accommodation to these divergent interests is a divisive story between those interested in economic growth and perceived stability and citizens concerned with exercising good stewardship towards the state's natural resources and preserving the state's livability. In his second volume of Oregon's environmental history, William Robbins addresses efforts by individuals and groups within and outside the state to resolve these conflicts. Among the people who have had roles in this process, journalists and politicians Richard Neuberger and Tom McCall left substantial legacies and demonstrated the ambiguities inherent in the issues they confronted. [less]

$29.95

Landscapes of Promise: The Oregon Story, 1800-1940 (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)

William G. Robbins

1999    416 Pages    (University of Washington Press)

DDC: 333.709795    LCC: GE155.O7

OCLC: 913700822    LCCN: 97016531    ISBN 13: 9780295979014    ISBN 10: 0295979011

Landscapes of Promise is the first comprehensive environmental history of the early years of a state that has long been associated with environmental protection. Covering the period from early human habitation to the end of World War II, William Robbins shows that the reality of Oregon's environmental history involves far more than a discussion of timber cutting and land-use planning.Robbins demonstrates that ecological change is not only a creation of modern industrial society. Native Americans [...]

Landscapes of Promise is the first comprehensive environmental history of the early years of a state that has long been associated with environmental protection. Covering the period from early human habitation to the end of World War II, William Robbins shows that the reality of Oregon's environmental history involves far more than a discussion of timber cutting and land-use planning.Robbins demonstrates that ecological change is not only a creation of modern industrial society. Native Americans altered their environment in a number of ways, including the planned annual burning of grasslands and light-burning of understory forest debris. Early Euro-American settlers who thought they were taming a virgin wilderness were merely imposing a new set of alterations on an already modified landscape.Beginning with the first 18th-century traders on the Pacific Coast, alterations to Oregon's landscape were closely linked to the interests of global market forces. Robbins uses period speeches and publications to document the increasing commodification of the landscape and its products. "Environment melts before the man who is in earnest," wrote one Oregon booster in 1905, reflecting prevailing ways of thinking.In an impressive synthesis of primary sources and historical analysis, Robbins traces the transformation of the Oregon landscape and the evolution of our attitudes toward the natural world. [less]

$19.95
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Oregon's Promise: An Interpretive History

David Peterson del Mar

2003    320 Pages    (Oregon State University Press)

DDC: 979.5    LCC: F876.3

OCLC: 52214877    LCCN: 2003007845    ISBN 13: 9780870715587    ISBN 10: 0870715585

A concise and compelling general history, "Oregon's Promise" explores familiar and neglected people and movements in the state's history, while challenging readers to view Oregon's past, present, and future in a new way. The first new history of Oregon to appear in twenty-five years, "Oregon's Promise" spans the period from that of the region's earliest inhabitants to the present. Praised as a "People's History of Oregon," the book is [...]

A concise and compelling general history, "Oregon's Promise" explores familiar and neglected people and movements in the state's history, while challenging readers to view Oregon's past, present, and future in a new way. The first new history of Oregon to appear in twenty-five years, "Oregon's Promise" spans the period from that of the region's earliest inhabitants to the present. Praised as a "People's History of Oregon," the book is concerned with the events that most profoundly affected the everyday lives of ordinary Oregonians. The words "Oregon history" conjure up images of Lewis and Clark and rugged pioneers. In "Oregon's Promise," David Peterson del Mar shows that the explorers' impact was both different from and less significant than commonly assumed, and that the state's settlers were much more varied, contentious, complicated, and interesting than conventional heroic stereotypes would suggest. The book's many themes revolve around Peterson del Mar's consideration of how Oregonians have attempted to build a prosperous and just society. He examines both the traditional center of Oregon history and its often overlooked margins-the people who have struggled to be included in Oregon's promise. Each chapter includes brief biographies of noteworthy Oregonians. The author is both a respected historian and an engaging writer, with a talent for explaining Oregon's past in a way that will appeal to all readers, from natives to newcomers, from students to scholars. [less]

$19.95
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