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The Making of the American Landscape

2nd Edition

Edited by Michael P. Conzen


546 pages | 165 Color Illus. | 45 B/W Illus.

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The only compact yet comprehensive survey of environmental and cultural forces that have shaped the visual character and geographical diversity of the settled American landscape. The book examines the large-scale historical influences that have molded the varied human adaptation of the continent’s physical topography to its needs over more than 500 years. It presents a synoptic view of myriad historical processes working together or in conflict, and illustrates them through their survival in or disappearance from the everyday landscapes of today.


'Michael Conzen has re-assembled a superb line up of authors renowned for their capacity to see detail and interpret the big picture. Chapters have been updated, especially through an expanded array of historical and contemporary views of landscapes, and several new authors make this an even more compelling text." – Deryck Holdsworth, Pennsylvania State University

"Since its publication in 1990, The Making of the American Landscape has remained the best single-volume introduction to the country's cultural landscape mosaic." –Chris Wilson, University of New Mexico, USA

"The Making of the American Landscape is, simply stated, an amazing book. It should be required reading for anyone interested in the evolution of landscape. It is also a fine text to be used in classes which focus on historical geography or landscape studies more broadly….There is not a single chapter that this reviewer found disappointing or uninteresting." – Dawn S. Bowen, Department of Geography, University of Mary Washington

Table of Contents

The Making of the American Landscape (ed. by Michael P. Conzen) — 2nd Edition — TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chap. 1 Nature’s bequest

Stanley W. Trimble, University of California at Los Angeles

Chap. 2 Indian settlement landscapes

Karl W. Butzer, University of Texas at AustinChap. 3 Hispanic landscape traditions

David Hornbeck, California State University at Northridge

Chap. 4 The French imprint on North America

Cole Harris, University of British ColumbiaChap.

Chap. 5 Americanizing English landscape habits

Peirce F. Lewis, The Pennsylvania State UniversityChap. 6 The plantation regime

Charles S. Aiken, University of TennesseeChap. 7 Gridding a national landscape

Hildegard B. Johnson, Macalester College

Chap. 8 Clearing the forests

Michael Williams, University of Oxford

Chap. 9 Remaking the prairies

John C. Hudson, Northwestern University

Chap. 10 Watering the deserts

James L. Wescoat, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chap. 11 Designing American utopias

Bret Wallach, University of OklahomaChap. 12 Inscribing ethnicity on the land

Susan W. Hardwick, University of Oregon

Chap. 13 Organizing religious landscapes

Wilbur Zelinsky, The Pennsylvania State UniversityChap. 14 Mechanizing the American earth

David R. Meyer, Brown University

Chap. 15 Building American cityscapes

Edward K. Muller, University of Pittsburgh

Chap. 16 Asserting central authority

Wilbur Zelinsky, The Pennsylvania State UniversityChap. 17 Creating landscapes of civil society

Joseph S. Wood, University of Southern Maine

Chap. 18 Imposing landscapes of private power and wealth

William K. Wyckoff, Montana State University

Chap. 19 Paving America for the automobile

John A. Jakle, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chap. 20 Developing corporate consumption venues

Michael P. Conzen, The University of Chicago

About the Editor

Michael Conzen is Professor of Geography at the University of Chicago

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
HISTORY / United States / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General