Article ID: CBB356380835

Theorizing the Mountains (January 2021)


Steven Stoll (Author)

Environmental History
Volume: 26
Issue: 1
Pages: 23-28

Publication Date: January 2021
Edition Details: Special Issue: Go Tell it on the Mountain: A Forum on Appalachia's Environmental History
Language: English

Most recent books about Appalachia speak to its capitalist transformation, whether that series of events is set during the rule of the British Empire or after the Civil War. Appalachia offers a case unlike that of New England or New York City. But, as soon as we make this distinction, we enter the realm of models and ideas. Since organizing work in order to produce capital follows patterns that extend across space and time, there is always tension between generalized characteristics and specific cases. There are plenty of models and ideas to choose from. Eastern capitalists regarded the southern mountains as a (pick one) crucial periphery, resource frontier, or internal colony; its history illustrates creative destruction, the production of space, spatial fixes, the world system, or underdevelopment in the writings of Immanuel Wallerstein, Andre Gunder Frank, Henri Lefebvre, David Harvey, or Neil Smith. We might be reading political ecologists or economic anthropologists, like Marshall Sahlins, David Graeber, or Stephen Gudeman. These authors describe how capital seized environments and ensnared people to form new divisions of labor, continually remaking space in its image.

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Article Swanson, Drew A.; Steven Stoll; Kathryn Newfont; Joyce Barry; Timothy Silver (2021) Forum: Appalachia’s Environmental History. Environmental History (pp. 7-8). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Newfont, Kathryn
Swanson, Drew A.
Mathieu, Jon
George Frizzell
Alfonso De Nardo
Camp, Michael
Environmental History
Environment and History
Agricultural History
The University of Tennessee Press
CLEAN Edizioni
Publistampa Edizioni
University of Pittsburgh Press
University of Nebraska Press
University of Georgia Press
Environmental history
Landscape; landscapes
Forests and forestry
Nature and its relationship to culture; human-nature relationships
Arduino, Giovanni
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
18th century
Early modern
Appalachian region (North America)
United States
Alps (Europe)
East India Company (English)

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