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Peter Coates's American Perceptions of Immigrant and Invasive Species: PDF

By Peter Coates

occasionally unintentionally and infrequently on function, people have transported crops and animals to new habitats around the globe. Arriving in ever-increasing numbers to American soil, fresh invaders have competed with, preyed on, hybridized with, and carried illnesses to local species, reworking our ecosystems and developing nervousness between environmentalists and most people. yet is American nervousness over this difficulty of ecological id a up to date phenomenon? Charting moving attitudes to alien species because the 1850s, Peter Coates brings to mild the wealthy cultural and old facets of this tale via situating the historical past of immigrant wildlife in the wider context of human immigration. via an illuminating sequence of specific invasions, together with the English sparrow and the eucalyptus tree, what he unearths is that we have got regularly perceived crops and animals relating to ourselves and the polities to which we belong. atmosphere the saga of human kinfolk with the surroundings within the huge context of clinical, social, and cultural heritage, this thought-provoking ebook demonstrates how profoundly notions of nationality and debates over race and immigration have formed American understandings of the traditional world.

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