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Crisis of the Wasteful Nation: Empire and Conservation in Theodore Roosevelt's America

Ian Tyrrell


Examines rising alarm over waste of natural resources, and its use by Theodore Roosevelt and his administration to further objectives of conservation and an American form of empire. These objectives encompassed both preservationist and utilitarian approaches, centered on efficiency, but interpreting efficiency in social and political rather than economic terms. These policies revealed an emerging idea of environmental “habitability” that presaged modern interest in sustainability. The suite of policies closely tracked a developing geopolitical worldview, c. 1898-1910. Anxieties over resource s ... More

Keywords: imperialism, conservation, Theodore Roosevelt, efficiency, alarmism, progressivism, intergenerational equity, environmental sustainability, natural resources, international and transnational history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226197760
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226197937.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Tyrrell, author
Scientia Professor of History at the University of New South Wales, Sydney