Encountering the Past in Nature: Essays in Environmental History

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A deeper understanding of contemporary environmental problems requires us to know where we come from, and the study of environmental history will help us in that quest. Environmental history, in short, may be described as an attempt to study the interaction between humans and nature in the past. How have human societies affected their environment and vice versa? What does history tell us about ecological change?

The essays in Encountering the Past in Nature provide various ...

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Overview

A deeper understanding of contemporary environmental problems requires us to know where we come from, and the study of environmental history will help us in that quest. Environmental history, in short, may be described as an attempt to study the interaction between humans and nature in the past. How have human societies affected their environment and vice versa? What does history tell us about ecological change?

The essays in Encountering the Past in Nature provide various approaches to the new discipline. Experts with diverse educational backgrounds tackle important issues in environmental history, ranging from the intellectual formation of environmental concepts to case studies of forest history and animal extinction. Most essays in the collection focus on the issue of wilderness and the various uses of forest resources. Encountering the Past in Nature also offers introductory essays on the historiography and methodology of this field of historical study.

Encountering the Past in Nature is a useful addition to the introductory texts currently available in the United States.

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Six essays by Finnish scholars (which accounts for some of the notes being in Finnish) discuss the "new" science of environmental history, issues and case studies of change over time in forested Northern Hemisphere zones due to natural and human forces, and Western conceptions of wilderness. The editors are with the U. of Helsinki, whose press first published the book in 1999. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“This is a gem of a book that ought to be read by all environmental historians to remind us what we do and why.”

— Michael Egan, H-Net Reviews

“A very well-written and engaging collection. … This book has wide appeal. … [Its] interesting style and broad scope make it an inviting read to the general reader be they interested in history, the environment, forests or Scandinavia.”

— Norman Dandy, Environmental Politics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821413586
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Ecology & History Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 185
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Timo Myllyntaus is senior lecturer of economic and social history at the University of Helsinki.

Mikko Saikku is assistant director of the North American Studies Program at the Renvall Institute for Area and Cultural Studies, University of Helsinki.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Table
Series Editor's Foreword
Foreword
Preface
Contributors
Environmental History: A New Discipline with Long Traditions 1
Modernization and the Concept of Nature: On the Reproduction of Environmental Stereotypes 29
Life in the Borderland Forests: The Takeover of Nature and Its Social Organization in North Karelia 49
The Vanishing and Reappearing Tropical Forest: Forest Management and Land Use in Thailand 74
"Home in the Big Forest": Decline of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker and Its Habitat in the United States 94
Environment in Explaining History: Restoring Humans as Part of Nature 141
Index 161
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