Learning from the Past


We’re excited! The Rocky Mountain Land Series resumes this Saturday, as Mark Fiege joins us to discuss his groundbreaking new book, The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States, a brilliant reframing of a history so familiar to us all. Leading historian Richard White had this to say about the Land Series’ next book:

“Mark Fiege has written a book so original and so necessary that a reader can be excused for being both astonished and wondering why no one has written a book like this before. It is easy to say that human history never takes place outside the natural world; it is quite another thing to write a history that demonstrates it with the subtlety and grace Mark Fiege does in The Republic of Nature.”

Come meet the author — this Saturday! In the meantime, here’s a short clip on The Republic of Nature:

Mark Fiege’s publisher, the University of Washington Press, has just released yet another intriguing volume to add to the Land Library’s growing collection of environmental histories:


James Morton Turner’s The Promise of Wilderness: American Environmental Politics Since 1964, examines how the idea of wilderness has shaped the public land debate since the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964. William Cronan calls Turner’s book, “the most deeply researched, analytically rigorous, and elegantly written study of American wilderness politics since the 1960s.” And here’s more, from the author himself!


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