What Is Environmental History? / Edition 1

What Is Environmental History? / Edition 1

by J. D. Hughes
     
 

What is environmental history? It is a kind of history that seeks understanding of human beings as they have lived, worked and thought in relationship to the rest of nature through the changes brought by time. In this seminal student textbook, J. Donald Hughes provides a masterful overview of the thinkers, topics and perspectives that have come to constitute the

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What is environmental history? It is a kind of history that seeks understanding of human beings as they have lived, worked and thought in relationship to the rest of nature through the changes brought by time. In this seminal student textbook, J. Donald Hughes provides a masterful overview of the thinkers, topics and perspectives that have come to constitute the exciting discipline that is environmental history. He does so on a global scale, drawing together disparate trends from a rich variety of countries into a unified whole, illuminating trends and key themes in the process. Those already familiar with the discipline will find themselves invited to think about the subject in a new way. Students and scholars new to environmental history will find the book both an indispensable guide and a rich source of inspiration for future work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745631899
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/01/2006
Series:
What is History Series, #1
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
0.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Table of Contents

1 Defining Environmental History 1

Introduction 1

The Themes of Environmental History 3

Among the Scholarly Disciplines 8

Environmental History and the Older History 15

2 Forerunners of Environmental History 18

Introduction 18

The Ancient World 18

Medieval and Early Modern Environmental Thought 26

The Early Twentieth Century 32

3 The Birth and Growth of Environmental History in the United States 36

Introduction 36

American History from Conservation to Environment 37

Strands of Environmental History in the United States 41

Collaborators with Environmental History 48

4 Local, Regional, and National Environmental Histories 53

Introduction 53

Canada 55

Europe 56

The Mediterranean 62

India, South and Southeast Asia 64

East Asia 66

Australia and the Pacific Islands 67

Africa 71

Latin America 72

The Ancient World and the Middle Ages 74

Conclusion 75

5 Global Environmental History 77

Introduction 77

Books on World Environmental History 78

Topics of Global Importance 86

Environment Movements 90

World History Texts 91

Conclusion 92

6 Issues and Directions in Environmental History 94

Introduction 94

Professionalism 94

Advocacy 95

Environmental Determination 97

Presentism 98

Declensionist Narratives 99

Political-Economic Theory 101

The Next Issues 102

Conclusion 113

7 Thoughts on Doing Environmental History 114

Introduction 114

Guidance in Methodology 114

The Search for Sources 118

Resources 121

Conclusion: The Future of Environmental History 124

Notes 127

Select Bibliography 160

Index 168

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