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  • The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States

  • By: Mark Fiege
  • Narrated by: William Bahl
  • Length: 19 hrs and 31 mins
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The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States

By: Mark Fiege
Narrated by: William Bahl
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Summary

In the dramatic narratives that comprise The Republic of Nature, Mark Fiege reframes the canonical account of American history based on the simple but radical premise that nothing in the nation's past can be considered apart from the natural circumstances in which it occurred. Revisiting historical icons so familiar that schoolchildren learn to take them for granted, he makes surprising connections that enable readers to see old stories in a new light.

Among the historical moments revisited here, a revolutionary nation arises from its environment and struggles to reconcile the diversity of its people with the claim that nature is the source of liberty. Abraham Lincoln, an unlettered citizen from the countryside, steers the Union through a moment of extreme peril, guided by his clear-eyed vision of nature's capacity for improvement. In Topeka, Kansas, transformations of land and life prompt a lawsuit that culminates in the momentous civil rights case of Brown v. Board of Education.

By focusing on materials and processes intrinsic to all things and by highlighting the nature of the United States, Fiege recovers the forgotten and overlooked ground on which so much history has unfolded.

The book is published by University of Washington Press.

©2012 University of Washington Press (P)2018 Redwood Audiobooks
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  • Categories: History

Critic reviews

"Extraordinary: beautifully written, ambitious in its arguments, and impressive in scope and scholarship. . . a compelling and ambitious study of American history." (Journal of American History)

"Will undoubtedly leave an imprint on the field of environmental history and beyond." (Northwest Quarterly)

"Is an incredibly ambitious and completely unprecedented book… The intended audience is wide, and this book invites the broadest consideration and debate." (Isis)

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Well written

Not only well written but in-depth background and understanding of the environmental history of United States. I am amazed at the information herein, the beautiful history of America, and the diversity of its people with the claim that nature is the source of liberty. I highly recommend this book.

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Good book to have

The logic of social history had an equally important formative influence on the rise of environmental history. A good book to have.

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  • Thomas Lopez
  • 24-01-20

Will surely listen to it many times over.

I have just finished this audio book and will soon be looking for jobs in conservation. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when i downloaded this book, and did so on a recommendation from a good friend of mine. I am glad that I did, and will surely listen to it many times over. Listen to this audio book when in nature––no matter where you find yourself. It is not well suited to my life when I am working in the factory. it is perfect and incredibly beautiful when i am alone in my fields or forest or sitting at the fire.

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  • Betty
  • 24-01-20

Humanity’s Freedom

The Republic of Nature compellingly demonstrates the value of applying environmental perspective to historical events.
I just beloved by the word of this book “humanity’s freedom to think and act inevitably encounters the limits that nature imposes.” Which is told by the author of this audible Mar Fiege and this word is from his fresh view,

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  • Vanessa Nelson
  • 25-01-20

Especially for rural place.

After listening this version everyone should read this book today too (If they can). Especially if you're in a rural place. It will change the way you see your world. I do not see mere shrubs these days, and i will learn my birds soon enough.


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  • George Duncan
  • 25-01-20

What is happening to our once beautiful earth!

This is beautifully narrated and thought provoking, but it is also a very sad book because it makes clear how much we have already lost and how much more will be gone soon. I could hardly bare to finish it considering what is happening to our once beautiful earth.

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  • David Rodriquez
  • 25-01-20

The author's insights.

I greatly enjoyed the audio version book, and the author's insights. The conservation ideals are something that we can gain from. I will deffinitely be enjoying this book few more times to gain as much information and insight as possible.

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  • Carl Gravelle
  • 25-01-20

We could actually fix things

Every day I hear people spitting out ignorant gibberish about energy and global warming If they would only listen to this audio book. We could actually fix things instead of arguing about this mess.

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  • Durfee, Agnes P.
  • 19-08-19

Highly recommended!

The narrators' voice is very soothing to ears. The author provides the environmental history of the United States. I like how it was narrated and how this book is written. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Miriam
  • 25-01-20

Fiege’s best analyses

From all other book this one of Fiege’s best analyses of the interplay between environment and history is his account of the construction of the transcontinental railroad, including the importance of its course through the Great Plains.

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  • The Arceo
  • 19-08-19

Well-detailed.

The author unfolded some history of the United States. If you're into the history of America then this book is for you. It gave ample information about US history. Very well-detailed and well-written book.

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  • Violeta
  • 26-01-20

An altered nature on human society.

The traditional definition of environmental history, expressed by historian Richard White, is the study of the consequences of human actions on the environment, and the reciprocal
consequences of an altered nature on human society.

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