The Natural West: Environmental History in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains

The Natural West: Environmental History in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains

Dan Flores / May 23, 2019

The Natural West Environmental History in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains The Natural West offers essays reflecting the natural history of the American West as written by one of its most respected environmental historians Developing a provocative theme Dan Flores asserts t

  • Title: The Natural West: Environmental History in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains
  • Author: Dan Flores
  • ISBN: 9780806135373
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Natural West offers essays reflecting the natural history of the American West as written by one of its most respected environmental historians Developing a provocative theme, Dan Flores asserts that Western environmental history cannot be explained by examining place, culture, or policy alone, but should be understood within the context of a universal human nature.ThThe Natural West offers essays reflecting the natural history of the American West as written by one of its most respected environmental historians Developing a provocative theme, Dan Flores asserts that Western environmental history cannot be explained by examining place, culture, or policy alone, but should be understood within the context of a universal human nature.The Natural West entertains the notion that we all have a biological nature that helps explain some of our attitudes towards the environment FLores also explains the ways in which various cultures including the Comanches, New Mexico Hispanos, Mormons, Texans, and Montanans interact with the environment of the West.Gracefully moving between the personal and the objective, Flores intersperses his writings with literature, scientific theory, and personal reflection The topics cover a wide range from historical human nature regarding animals and exploration, to the environmental histories of particular Western bioregions, and finally, to Western restoration as the great environmental theme of the twenty first century.

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      • Dan Flores

        Dan L Flores is an American historian who specializes in cultural and environmental studies of the American West He holds the A.B Hammond Chair in Western History at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana.Flores is the author of eight books, including Horizontal Yellow Nature and History in the Near Southwest 1999 The Natural West Environmental History in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains 2001 and Southern Counterpart to Lewis and Clark The Freeman and Custis Expedition of 1806 , a 2002 study of the Red River Expedition, a southwestern journey authorized by U.S President Thomas Jefferson at the same time that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were completing their journey along the Missouri River from St Louis, Missouri, to the Pacific Northwest from 1804 1806 The Red River Expedition, led by Thomas Freeman and Dr Peter Custis, never received the attention garnered by Lewis and Clark and is mostly unknown to most educators and many historians as well because Freeman and Custis were turned back by the Spanish before they had accomplished their goals.Flores work has also appeared in such popular venues as Texas Monthly magazine, The Big Sky Journal, Southwest Art, and High Country News His publications have been recognized by the Western History Association, Western Writers of America, the University of Oklahoma Press, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, and the Texas State Historical Association.


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    1. Dan Flores is an environmental historian. His book, The Natural West, focuses on the region of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. This ecosystem has been radically changed in the last 300 years, and a number of these changes have resulted in irreversible degradation. Flores has a misty vision of restoring the West, and his work explores issues that contributed to ecological imbalances. We can’t address challenges that we don’t understand.At the time Flores was writing, many green thin [...]


    2. This is an extended review of this excellent, thought-provoking book about the American West.Have Americans romanticized any area of the country to the extent of the American West? From movies to music to novels, the realities of the West have become so obscured, it’s hard to differentiate fact from fiction. Indeed, the West is such a diverse place that what is fact in one area may be fiction in another. Historian Dan Flores recognizes this characteristic in his book The Natural West. It is a [...]


    3. A collection of essays covering various topics relating to the environmental history of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains. Examining several historic periods, the author challenges the validity of past examinations regarding the changing environmental dynamics in these western regions. The writing here is honest and critical, without coming off as pretentious. My first glance of Montana was the Bitterroot valley, and it convinced me to relocate immediately. Especially for a midwesterner, it c [...]



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