Fleeting Moments

Fleeting Moments : Nature and Culture in American History

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Gunther Barth's book focuses on the relation between nature and culture in American history. He begins with the search for a Northwest Passage by Spanish and English explorers and describes how they learned about American natural phenomena. There is a section showing how nature was adapted to urban settings in cemeteries and in city parks like New York's Central Park and San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.show more

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  • Hardback | 244 pages
  • 147.8 x 218.7 x 24.1mm | 482.72g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 12 halftones, maps
  • 0195062965
  • 9780195062960

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Well written and informative. * Florida Historical Quarterly *show more

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The tension between nature and culture that accompanies the rise of any large society has become a subject of great concern in our time. America in particular has adhered to a cultural mission that accentuates the potential for conflict, building a nation within the span of a century on the exploitation of gigantic resources. In this compelling study, the author identifies fleeting moments of concord between nature and culture in the course of American history.show more

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