Eden on the Charles

Eden on the Charles

The Making of Boston

Paperback - 2014
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"Drinking a glass of tap water, strolling in a park, hopping a train for the suburbs: some aspects of city life are so familiar that we don't think twice about them. But such simple actions are structured by complex relationships with our natural world. The contours of these relationships social, cultural, political, economic, and legal were established during America's first great period of urbanization in the nineteenth century, and Boston, one of the earliest cities in America, often led the nation in designing them. A richly textured cultural and social history of the development of nineteenth-century Boston, this book provides a new environmental perspective on the creation of America's first cities."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2014
Edition: 1st Harvard University Press paperback ed
ISBN: 9780674416833
067441683X
Branch Call Number: F73.44 .R39 2014x
Characteristics: xii, 367 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm

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Jan 12, 2015

If you like Puleo's A City So Grand, you should read this! Rawson uses Boston's changing landscape, from the Puritans through the early part of the 20th century, to trace broader intellectual currents, showing how ideas of what a city is and should be have changed. The debates over public vs private water are very similar to Boston's current discussions of Olympics vs Nolympics. This book is detailed but never dry--a beautiful example of historical writing. My highest recommendation.

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