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date: 22 March 2019

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This chapter explores the place of grasslands in world environmental history, focusing on the Steppes and other temperate grasslands. It discusses the work of environmental historians such as Walter Prescott Webb, James Malin, Donald Worster, and William Cronon, as well as the problem they face in interpreting episodes such as the destruction of the bison or the dust bowl. It also examines conflicting cultural ideas of grasslands and some of the formative work within theoretical ecology on chaos theory.

Keywords: environmental history, grasslands, Steppes, Walter Prescott Webb, James Malin, Donald Worster, bison, dust bowl, ecology, chaos theory

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