environmental history HSC

img_1375Zurich, October 2007

ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY

Books and articles discussed
Thomas H. Buckle, History of Civilization in England (London, 1857) (environmental determinism)

Ellsworth Huntington, World-Power and Evolution. (New Haven, 1919) (environmental determinism)

D. Worster, Rivers of Empire: Water, Aridity, and the Growth of the American West. (New York, 1985) (water)

D. Worster, Dust Bowl: The Southern Great Plains in the 1930s (New York, 1979). (climate)

A. W. Crosby, Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900–1900 (New York, 1986) (environmental determinism)

M. Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts (New York, 2001) (climate/cultural interaction)

Fernand Braudel, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II (Paris, 1949) (environmental determinism)

I. Tyrrell, True Gardens of the Gods (Berkeley, CA, 1999) (cultural landscapes)

Richard White, “From Wilderness to Hybrid Landscapes: The Cultural Turn in Environmental History” The Historian, 66 (September 2004), pp. 557-564 (hybrid landscapes)

William Cronon, “Modes of Prophecy and Production,” Journal of American History 76 (1990) 1122-1131 (critique of Worster)

David Arnold, The Problem of Nature (Oxford, 1996)

See also Jean Grove, The Little Ice Age (London and New York: Methuen, 1988) (climate history).

Roderick Nash, Wilderness and the American Mind (New Haven, Yale U.P., 1968) (intellectual history of environment).

Resources:
“What is environmental history?” http://www.cnr.berkeley.edu/departments/espm/env-hist/studyguide/chap1.htm

“What is environmental history?”

http://www.eh-resources.org/environmental_history.html

The latter site has an excellent range of resources – including a vodcast.

An excellent case study in the historiography of these matters can be done with the Dust Bowl. See Cunfer, Geoff. “The Dust Bowl”. EH.Net Encyclopedia, edited by Robert Whaples. August 19, 2004. URL http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/Cunfer.DustBowl. There you will find an extensive bibliography. See also for excellent readings
Wunder, John R., Frances W. Kaye, and Vernon Carstensen. Americans View Their Dust Bowl Experience. Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1999.

One response to “environmental history HSC

  1. Hey,
    I was at the History Extension lecture in Sydney on Wednesday the 28th of May.
    I really enjoyed your lecture on environmental history, it was a concept i had never put much though into, but i now understand it more clearly. I just though i’d come a check out your site, and drop you a line to let you know that id enjoyed the lecture. :)

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