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Nature's End: History and the Environment

Edited By: Sverker Sorlin and Paul Warde

368 pages, Figs, tabs


Hardback | Jul 2009 | #185774 | ISBN-13: 9780230203464
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This book provides fifteen essays from historians, geographers, anthropologists and natural scientists on key themes and methods in the field of Environmental History. These studies illustrate the diversity of approaches to historic relationships between humans and their environments, but throughout the book connect these to core narratives in more traditional history: the role of the state and institutions, the importance of intellectual fashions and politics, and the role of the sciences and history itself.

'Nature's End is both an adept explanation of the ways in which historians can make the environment a central theme, and a treasure trove packed with gems of essays by leading scholars who show how it is done. This book is a state-of-the-art guide to contemporary questions in global environmental history.' - J. Donald Hughes, University of Denver, USA 'This volume makes a contribution not only to the history of the environment, but also to its historiography and to the history of thought about the environment! It contributes to bridge-building between disciplines and also to a dialogue with other kinds of historian, whether they work on politics or culture.' - Peter Burke, University of Cambridge, UK 'Leading scholars of environmental history clarify the discipline's epistemological context and offer compelling case studies. Nature's End is indispensable reading for all who seek to meld the various communities of knowledge of our world.' - Carole Crumley, University of North Carolina, USA


Notes on Contributors Preface Introduction; S.Sorlin& P.Warde PART I: THE RISE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL Imperialism and Environmental Change: Unearthing the Origins and Evolution of Global Environmental History; R.Grove& V.Damodaran Habitat, Possession and Community: Reflections on the History of Conservation Ideas; B.Adams The Field of Action: Agriculture and the Defining of the Environment in Pre-Industrial Europe; P.Warde The Global Warming That Did Not Happen: Historicizing Glaciology and Climate Change; S.Sorlin Genealogies of the Ecological Moment: Planning, Complexity and the Emergence of 'the Environment' as Politics in West Germany, 1949-1982; H.Nehring PART II: HISTORY AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES The Environmental History of Mountain Regions; R.Dodgshon Interdisciplinary Conversations: the Collective Model; A.Davies New Science for Sustainability in an Ancient Land; L.Robin PART III: MAKING SPACE: ENVIRONMENTS AND THEIR CONTEXTS Fifty-four, Forty, or Fight? Writing within and across Boundaries in North American Environmental History; M.Evenden& G.Wynn Modernity and the Politics of Waste in Britain; T.Cooper Why Intensity? Reflections on Long-Term Changes to Chinese Farming and the Institutional Steering of Modifications to the Environment; M.Elvin 'The pernicious calamities that occasion...hunger': Climate Variability and Social Vulnerability in Colonial Mexico; G.Endfield PART IV: 'THINGS HUMAN' Destiny and Decision: Taking the Lifeworld Seriously in Environmental History; K.Hastrup Afterword; P.Burke Index

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PAUL WARDE is a Reader in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. SVERKER SORLIN is Professor of Environmental History in the Division of History of Science and Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

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