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Sometimes by chance and occasionally on goal, people have transported vegetation and animals to new habitats world wide. Arriving in ever-increasing numbers to American soil, fresh invaders have competed with, preyed on, hybridized with, and carried illnesses to local species, reworking our ecosystems and growing anxiousness between environmentalists and most people. yet is American nervousness over this situation of ecological id a up to date phenomenon? Charting moving attitudes to alien species because the 1850s, Peter Coates brings to gentle the wealthy cultural and ancient points of this tale by way of situating the heritage of immigrant wildlife in the wider context of human immigration. via an illuminating sequence of specific invasions, together with the English sparrow and the eucalyptus tree, what he unearths is that we've got constantly perceived crops and animals with regards to ourselves and the polities to which we belong. atmosphere the saga of human family with the surroundings within the wide context of clinical, social, and cultural historical past, this thought-provoking ebook demonstrates how profoundly notions of nationality and debates over race and immigration have formed American understandings of the traditional world.

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