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Destruction of Bison : An Environmental History, 1750-1920

Destruction of Bison : An Environmental History, 1750-1920 - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521003483

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ISBN10: 0521003482
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2000
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Destruction of Bison : An Environmental History, 1750-1920 - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521003483

Andrew C. Isenberg

ISBN13: 978-0521003483
ISBN10: 0521003482
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

Thirty million North American bison roamed the plains in 1800. A century later, only 1,000 bison remained, a precipitous decline that is explained for the first time by an environmental historian, Andrew Isenberg. In The Destruction of the Bison, Isenberg argues that ecological and social changes caused the near-extinction of the bison. Problems caused by drought and the introduction of new, domesticated livestock were compounded by new, more aggressive kinds of bison hunting by mounted Indian nomads and commercial Euroamerican hidehunters.

Table of Contents

1. The grassland environment
2. The genesis of the Nomads
3. The Nomadic experiment
4. The ascendancy of the market
5. The wild and the tamed
6. The return of the bison.

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