Book Reviews The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States. By mark fiege. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2012. 600 pp. $34.95 (cloth). Mark Fiege's ambitious new book reinterprets nine major events in U.S. history through an environmental framework. The book has two major goals. First, it speaks to the broad community of U.S. historians, arguing that iconic events in U.S. history have an environmental history they should know. Second, it encourages environmental historians to incorporate their approaches into the standard narrative of U.S. history. The book largely succeeds in both tasks. Fiege wrote this book at a propitious time. Scholars have begun moving beyond environmental history's foundational questions of wilderness, environmental movements, and land management. Blossoming literatures have developed on the intersection between labor and nature, public health, and transnational history. Somewhat more slowly, race and gender are becoming more central to the field. Fiege incorporates all of these approaches to varying degrees, thus providing a window into the current state of the field while suggesting future research paths for scholars. Fiege's subject matter ranges from examining the Salem witch trials through the prism of Puritan inability to control the nature of New England
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