Canadians and the Natural Environment to the Twenty-First Century provides an ideal foundation for undergraduates and general readers on the history of Canada's complex environmental issues. Through clear, easy-to-understand case studies, Neil Forkey integrates the ongoing interplay of humans and the natural world into national, continental, and global contexts.Forkey's engaging survey addresses significant episodes from across the country over the past four hundred years: the classification of Canada's environments by its earliest inhabitants, the relationship between science and sentiment in the Victorian era, the shift towards conservation and preservation of resources in the early twentieth century, and the rise of environmentalism and issues involving First Nations at the end of the century.
Canadians and the Natural Environment to the Twenty-First Century provides an accessible synthesis of the most important recent work in the field, making it a truly state-of-the-art contribution to Canadian environmental history.
"Forkey concludes his thorough, masterly treatise with the hope that "our common future" will benefit from the evolving lessons learned from this dynamic interplay between humankind and nature. Excellent references. A superb and concise introduction to Canadian environment history. Essential. All levels/libraries."
- B. Osborne, Choice Magazine; vol 50:05:2012
"Canadians and the Natural Environment is a splendid book [...] Forkey has written an excellent introductory textbook for undergraduates, and educated general readers."
- Gerald Killan, H-Canada February 21, 2013
"Forkey deserves credit for producing an engaging and jargon free text that will appeal to students and that instructors can use as a foundation for introductory environmental history courses."
- Jonathan Calpperton, BC Studies, January 2013
1 The Classification of Canada's Environments (c. 17th to Early 20th Centuries)
2 Natural Resources, Economic Growth, and the Need for Conservation (c. 19th and 20th Centuries)
3 Romanticism and the Preservation of Nature (c. 19th and 20th Centuries)
4 Environmentalism (c.1950s to 2000s)
5 Aboriginal Canadians and Natural Resources: An Overview
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Neil S. Forkey is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Canadian Studies at St. Lawrence University.