Losing Eden traces the environmental history and development of the American West and explains how the land has shaped and been shaped by the people who live there.
- Discusses key events and topics from the Beringia migration, Columbian Exchange, and federal territorial acquisition to post-war expansion, resource exploitation, and climate change
- Structures the coverage around three important themes: balancing economic success and ecological protection; avoiding "the tragedy of the commons"; and achieving sustainability
- Contains an accessible, up-to-date narrative written by an expert scholar and professor that supplements a variety of college-level survey or seminar courses on US, American West, or environmental history
- Incorporates student-friendly features, including definitions of key terms, suggested reading sections, and over 30 illustrations
Keywords: US environmental history; Western US history; American West; conservation and preservation; sustainability; environmentalism; public lands; Columbian Exchange; Tragedy of the Commons; Liebig's Law; national parks; land conservation; climate change; Homestead Act; fur trade; pioneer migration; Gold Rush; Transcontinental Railroad; federal reclamation; Dust Bowl; water conservation; American wilderness; natural world; bison destruction; clearcutting; Sagebrush Rebellion; Fermi Paradox; Native Americans; John Wesley Powell; Frederick Jackson Turner; Theodore Roosevelt; John Muir; Aldo Leopold; Rachel Carson; Frank Church; James Watt, Regional American History, Environmental Studies Special Topics, Regional American History, Environmental Studies Special Topics