Essential reading for several kinds of people: urban social historians seeking a unified summary of what their field has accomplished in the case of one city; readers interested in any if the topics represented; and of course anyone interested in the history of Pittsburgh.
An overview of scholarly research, both published and previously unpublished, on the history of a city that has often served as a case study for measuring social change. It synthesizes the literature and assesses how that knowledge relates to our broader understanding of the processes of urbanization and urbanism. This book is especially useful for undergraduate and graduate courses on environmental politics and policy making, or as a supplement for courses on public policy making generally.
A valuable sourcebook for scholars studying the history of Pittsburgh. . . . An important contribution to urban and social history in a broader sense.
A fine overview of this important topic, written for those who are knowledgeable about at least some aspects of this long, and at times, ragic history. Provides novel insights that give one hope, that despite human weaknesses, we will resolve difficult issues, thus leading us toward a "greener" system for managing the environment in this country.
What we get. . . .is a rather remarkable intellectual tour from one of the true pioneers in the study of environmental politics.
Samuel P. Hays was University Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Wars in the Woods: The Rise of Ecological Forestry in America; Explorations in Environmental History; Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency: The Progressive Conservation Movement, 1890-1920; and, with Barbara D. Hays, Beauty, Health, and Permanence: Environmental Politics in the United States, 1955-1985.