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Knowing Global Environments: New Historical Perspectives on the Field Sciences

Edited By: Jeremy Vetter

272 pages, illus

Rutgers University Press

Hardback | Oct 2010 | #188381 | ISBN-13: 9780813548753
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This volume brings together nine leading scholars whose work spans a variety of environmental and field sciences, including archaeology, agriculture, botany, climatology, ecology, evolutionary biology, oceanography, ornithology, and tidology.

Collectively their essays explore the history of the field sciences, through the lens of place, practice, and the production of scientific knowledge, with a wide-ranging perspective extending outwards from the local to regional, national, imperial, and global scales. The book also shows what the history of the field sciences can contribute to environmental history - especially how knowledge in the field sciences has intersected with changing environments - and addresses key present-day problems related to sustainability, such as global climate, biodiversity, oceans, and more.

The chapters in this rare volume soar to the heights of mountains and plunge into the depths of the oceans while asserting the significance of a spatial orientation within the history of science and environmental history.-Frederick R. Davis, Florida State University [History]


Introduction, by Jeremy Vetter
Chapter 1: From the Ocean to the Mountains, by Michael S. Reidy
Chapter 2: Emigrants and Pioneers, by Lynn K. Nyhart
Chapter 3: Negotiating the Agricultural Frontier in Nineteenth-Century Southern Ohio Archaeology, by J. Conor Burns
Chapter 4: Managing Monocultures, by Stuart McCook
Chapter 5: Rocky Mountain High Science, by Jeremy Vetter
Chapter 6: On the Trail of the Ivory-bill, by Mark V. Barrow Jr.
Chapter 7: Playing by - and on and under - the Sea, by Helen M. Rozwadowski
Chapter 8: Planetary-Scale Field Work, by James Rodger Fleming
Chapter 9: History of Field Science, by Robert E. Kohler

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