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Author Edgington, Ryan H

Title Range wars : the environmental contest for White Sands Missile Range / Ryan H. Edgington
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2014]
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Contents Seeds of Discontent -- Atomic Attractions -- Boundaries -- A Consumer's Landscape -- Range Wars -- Natural Security States
Summary "Established in south-central New Mexico at the end of World War II, White Sands Missile Range is the largest overland military reserve in the western hemisphere. It was the site of the first nuclear explosion, the birthplace of the American space program, and the primary site for testing U.S. missile capabilities. In this environmental history of White Sands Missile Range, Ryan H. Edgington traces the uneasy relationships between the military, the federal government, local ranchers, environmentalists, state game and fish personnel, biologists and ecologists, state and federal political figures, hunters, and tourists after World War II--as they all struggled to define and productively use the militarized western landscape. Environmentalists, ranchers, tourists, and other groups joined together to transform the meaning and uses of this region, challenging the authority of the national security state to dictate the environmental and cultural value of a rural American landscape. As a result, White Sands became a locus of competing geographies informed not only by the far-reaching intellectual, economic, and environmental changes wrought by the Cold War but also by regional history, culture, and traditions"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Land use -- Environmental aspects -- New Mexico -- White Sands Missile Range -- History
Land use -- Political aspects -- New Mexico -- White Sands Missile Range -- History
Social conflict -- New Mexico -- White Sands Missile Range -- History
Nuclear weapons -- Testing -- Environmental aspects -- New Mexico -- White Sands Missile Range -- History
Landscape protection -- New Mexico -- White Sands Missile Range -- History
Environmental policy -- United States -- History
Militarism -- Environmental aspects -- West (U.S.) -- History
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX)
NATURE -- Ecosystems & Habitats -- Plains & Prairies.
Environmental policy.
Land use -- Environmental aspects.
Land use -- Political aspects.
Landscape protection.
Militarism -- Environmental aspects.
Military policy.
Nuclear weapons -- Testing -- Environmental aspects.
Social conflict.
White Sands Missile Range (N.M.) -- Environmental conditions
White Sands Missile Range (N.M.) -- History
United States -- Military policy
New Mexico -- White Sands Missile Range.
United States.
United States, West.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
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