Reflections in Bullough's Pond: Economy and Ecosystem in New England

Reflections in Bullough s Pond Economy and Ecosystem in New England From the vantage point of a nearby pond in Newton Massachusetts Diana Muir reconstructs an intriguing interpretation of New England s natural history and the people who have lived there since pre Co

  • Title: Reflections in Bullough's Pond: Economy and Ecosystem in New England
  • Author: Diana Muir
  • ISBN: 9780874519105
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the vantage point of a nearby pond in Newton, Massachusetts, Diana Muir reconstructs an intriguing interpretation of New England s natural history and the people who have lived there since pre Columbian times Taking a radically new way to illustrate for general readers the vast interrelationships between natural ecology and human economics, Muir weaves together an imFrom the vantage point of a nearby pond in Newton, Massachusetts, Diana Muir reconstructs an intriguing interpretation of New England s natural history and the people who have lived there since pre Columbian times Taking a radically new way to illustrate for general readers the vast interrelationships between natural ecology and human economics, Muir weaves together an imaginative and dramatic account of the changes, massive and subtle, that successive generations of humankind and such animals as sheep and beavers have worked on the land.Her compelling narrative takes us to a New England populated by individuals struggling to make a living from a land not generously endowed by nature Yankee history, she argues, was a string of ecological crises from which the only escape lay in creating radical new solutions to apparently insurmountable problems Young men and women coming of age in the 1790s faced a bleak future In a time when farming was virtually the only occupation, a burgeoning population meant that there was not enough land to go around Worse, such land as there was had been worn out by generations of careless use With no prospects and no options, young men like Eli Whitney and Thomas Blanchard might have resigned themselves to a life of poverty Instead, they started an industrial revolution, the power of which astonished the world.Reflections in Bullough s Pond is history on a grand scale Drawing on scholarship in fields ranging from archaeology to zoology, Muir offers an exhilarating tour of Paleolithic megafauna, the population crisis faced by New England natives in the pre Columbian period, the introduction of indoor plumbing, and the invention of the shoe peg At the end, we understand ourselves and our world a little better.

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    • I'm reading this book for a history book group for teachers. The way Ms. Muir tells the story is really lovely taking it from big ideas to small local descriptions and back out again.In the end there were some real issues I and other members of the group had with Ms. Muir's discussion of Irish immigrants as well as her lack of acknowledgment of New England's involvement in the slave trade.Still worthwhile.


    • This book should be subtitled: How New England, without fertile soil, rich minerals or good weather has managed to succeed.An artful combination of history and natural history that serves to highlight what we have and what we might have.


    • An ambitious and largely successful pop economic and ecological history of New England. Muir takes hundreds of years of history and breaks them into small nuggets of systems-level, quantitatively-oriented if not in much detail, stories. It has some flourish around the edges I could definitely do without, but the core of the book is exactly the kind of stuff I enjoy. In its scope and popular orientation, it feels very much like Cronon-lite. It even starts in the pre-and immediately post-colonial [...]


    • Since I live only two miles from Bullough's Pond and know it well, I was excited to see this title. The pond isn't much of a natural wonderland, circumscribed closely by roads and chain link fences, damned and with just a drizzle of a stream, so I figured that the author would help me to appreciate even the tattered remnants of nature. So, I almost put the book aside after the first few chapters in which the pond plays almost no role. But I am glad that I didn't. The pond is referenced only occa [...]


    • This is an excellent read for anyone interested in either the history of New England or the evolving impact of humans on the environment. Diana Muir's personal style and intimate knowledge of historical elements both tiny and large, combined with her wry wit, make this a very engaging read. That she gets, perhaps, a bit "preachy" on toward the end is to be forgiven especially in light of the extensive research and knowledge she exhibits throughout the book.


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