Beinart and Coates examine the influence of human economies and cultures on ecosystems, looking at the history of settler incursion in two frontier nations: the USA and South Africa. They also seek to explain change in indigenous ideas & practices.
A specialist in South Africa and one in environmental issues (history, U. of Bristol) show parallels between the impact of European expansion on ecosystems in two former British colonies on opposite sides of the world. They also explain changes in indigenous ideas and practices towards the environment and discuss the modern rise of popular environmentalism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)