What Is Environmental History?

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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 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 ...
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Overview

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 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.

About the Author:
J. Donald Hughes is John Evans Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Denver, Colorado

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Editorial Reviews

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"An essential reference source."

—Philip Conford, Rural History

"Anyone seeking help in navigating the shoals of environmental history will give fulsome thanks to Don Hughes for this book. It is far and away the best guide yet to the issues and historiography of this emerging field, spanning the globe and delving into the deep as well as recent past."

—J. R. McNeill, Georgetown University

"What is Environmental History? is a masterfully condensed overview of one of the most urgent and rapidly developing fields of history. Written by a scholar of classical antiquity, it gracefully covers ancient, medieval, and modern periods – with a global vision. A state-of-the-art report for any scholar, and a perfect introduction for the student."

—Sverker Sörlin, Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745631882
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Series: What is History series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

J D Hughes is John Evans Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Denver, Colorado.

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Table of Contents


Defining Environmental History     1
Introduction     1
The Themes of Environmental History     3
Among the Scholarly Disciplines     8
Environmental History and the Older History     15
Forerunners of Environmental History     18
Introduction     18
The Ancient World     18
Medieval and Early Modern Environmental Thought     26
The Early Twentieth Century     32
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
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
Australasia and the Pacific Islands     67
Africa     71
Latin America     72
The Ancient World and the Middle Ages     74
Conclusion     75
Global Environmental History     77
Introduction     77
Books on World Environmental History     78
Topics of Global Importance     86
Environmental Movements     90
World History Texts     91
Conclusion     92
Issues and Directions in Environmental History     94
Introduction     94
Professionalism     94
Advocacy     95
Environmental Determinism     97
Presentism     98
Declensionist Narratives     99
Political-Economic Theory     101
The Next Issues     102
Conclusion     113
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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