Book ID: CBB660491584

Coyote Valley: Deep History in the High Rockies (2015)


Andrews, Thomas (Author)

Harvard University Press

Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 352
Language: English

What can we learn from a high-country valley tucked into an isolated corner of Rocky Mountain National Park? In this pathbreaking book, Thomas Andrews offers a meditation on the environmental and historical pressures that have shaped and reshaped one small stretch of North America, from the last ice age to the advent of the Anthropocene and the latest controversies over climate change.Large-scale historical approaches continue to make monumental contributions to our understanding of the past, Andrews writes. But they are incapable of revealing everything we need to know about the interconnected workings of nature and human history. Alongside native peoples, miners, homesteaders, tourists, and conservationists, Andrews considers elk, willows, gold, mountain pine beetles, and the Colorado River as vital historical subjects. Integrating evidence from several historical fields with insights from ecology, archaeology, geology, and wildlife biology, this work simultaneously invites scientists to take history seriously and prevails upon historians to give other ways of knowing the past the attention they deserve.From the emergence and dispossession of the Nuche―"the People"―who for centuries adapted to a stubborn environment, to settlers intent on exploiting the land, to forest-destroying insect invasions and a warming climate that is pushing entire ecosystems to the brink of extinction, Coyote Valley underscores the value of deep drilling into local history for core relationships―to the land, climate, and other species―that complement broader truths. This book brings to the surface the critical lessons that only small and seemingly unimportant places on Earth can teach.

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Review Joseph E. Taylor (2016) Review of "Coyote Valley: Deep History in the High Rockies". Agricultural History (pp. 264-265). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Flores, Dan L.
Mutel, Cornelia Fleischer
Kirby, Jack Temple
Johnson, Michael L.
Lewis, Michael
Stoll, Mark R.
Archives of Natural History
Journal of Southern History
American Historical Review
Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Environmental History
University of Oklahoma Press
University Press of Kansas
University of Washington Press
University of Iowa Press
University of North Carolina Press
Environmental history
Natural history
Nature and its relationship to culture; human-nature relationships
Pinchot, Gifford
Muir, John
Grinnell, George Bird
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, late
21st century
18th century
United States
Western states (U.S.)
Rocky Mountains (U.S.)
Southern states (U.S.)
Colorado (U.S.)
New Mexico (U.S.)
United States. National Park Service
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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