The field of environmental history emerged just decades ago but has established itself as one of the most innovative and important new approaches to history, one that bridges the human and natural world, the humanities and the sciences. With the current trend towards internationalizing history, environmental history is perhaps the quintessential approach to studying subjects outside the nation-state model, with pollution, global warming, and other issues affecting the earth not stopping at national borders. With 25 essays, this Handbook is global in scope and innovative in organization, looking at the field thematically through such categories as climate, disease, oceans, the body, energy, consumerism, and international relations.
Table of Contents
AcknowledgmentsContributorsIntroduction: A New Environmental History, Andrew C. IsenbergPart I: Dynamic Environments and Cultures1. Beyond Weather: The Culture and Politics of Climate History, Mark Carey2. Animals and the Intimacy of History, Brett L. Walker 3. Beyond Virgin Soils: Disease as Environmental History, Linda Nash4. Deserts, Diana K. Davis5. Seas of Grass: Grasslands in World Environmental History, Andrew C. Isenberg 6. New Patterns in Old Places: Forest History for the Global Present, Emily Brock 7. The Tropics: A Brief History of an Environmental Imaginary, Paul S. Sutter Part II: Knowing Nature8. And All Was Light? Science and Environmental History, Michael Lewis9. Toward an Environmental History of Technology, Sara B. Pritchard10. New Chemical Bodies: Synthetic Chemicals, Regulation, and Human Health, Nancy Langston11. Rethinking American Exceptionalism: Toward a Trans-National History of Parks, Wilderness, and Protected Areas, James Morton Turner12. Restoration and the Search for Counter-Narratives, Marcus Hall13. Region, Scenery, and Power: Cultural Landscapes in Environmental History, Thomas Lekan and Thomas ZellerPart III: Working and Owning 14. A Metabolism of Society: Capitalism for Environmental Historians, Steven Stoll 15. Owning Nature: Towards an Environmental History of Private Property, Louis Warren16. Work, Nature, and History: A Single Question, that Once Moved Like Light, Thomas G. Andrews17. The Nature of Desire: Consumption in Environmental History, Matthew Klingle18. Law and the Environment, Kathleen Brosnan 19. Confluences of Nature and Culture: Cities in Environmental History, Lawrence Culver Part IV: Entangling Alliances20. Race and Ethnicity in Environmental History, Connie Y. Chiang 21. Women and Gender: Useful Categories of Analysis in Environmental History, Nancy C. Unger 22. Conquest to Convalescence: Nature and Nation in United States History, William Deverell 23. Boundless Nature: Borders and the Environment in North America and Beyond, Andrew R. Graybill 24. Crossing Boundaries: The Environment in International Relations, Kurk Dorsey 25. The Politics of Nature, Frank Zelko Index