280 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 6 halftones, 1 tables, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3606-1
Published: August 2017
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2512-6
Published: October 2015
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2513-3
Published: August 2015
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Environmental historians have too often overlooked California and Hawai'i, despite the roles the regions played in the colonial ranching frontiers of the Pacific World. In Cattle Colonialism, John Ryan Fischer significantly enlarges the scope of the American West by examining the trans-Pacific transformations these animals wrought on local landscapes and native economies.
About the Author
John Ryan Fischer is visiting assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
For more information about John Ryan Fischer, visit the Author Page.
“[A] carefully researched book. . . . An information-packed resource.”--Choice
"Cattle Colonialism will certainly influence the next generation of scholars interested in more carefully delineating the intersection of ecological forces and local human actions, both of which shape our increasingly globalized history. As Fischer argues, it is not an 'either/or' narrative. Rather, the best environmental histories are 'both.' This is one of them."
--American Historical Review
“A sophisticated and complex study marked by a solid exposition.”--Journal of Pacific History
“Well-researched, well-written, and extremely readable. . . . Will appeal to those who teach environmental, social, western, agricultural, and American history, as well as anyone who enjoys a book that ties together so many unrelated items in a seamless and apparently effortless manner.”--Southwestern Historical Quarterly
“Aficionados of western history will be drawn to Fischer’s stories of indigenous cowboys as well as his discussion of the hide and tallow trade.”--Western Historical Quarterly
“Breaks new ground. . . . Breath[es] life into the histories of Indigenous craftspeople that underpinned the cattle economy.”--American Historical Review
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