What is Environmental History?
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What is environmental history? It is a kind of history that seeks understanding of human beings as they have lived, worked, and thought in relationship to the rest of nature through the changes brought by time.



In this new edition of his seminal student textbook, J. Donald Hughes provides a masterful overview of the thinkers, topics, and perspectives that have come to constitute the exciting discipline that is environmental history. He does so on a global scale, drawing together disparate trends from a rich variety of countries into a unified whole, illuminating trends and key themes in the process. Those already familiar with the discipline will find themselves invited to think about the subject in a new way. This new edition has been updated to reflect recent developments, trends, and new work in environmental history, as well as a brand new note on its possible future.



Students and scholars new to environmental history will find the book both an indispensable guide and a rich source of inspiration for future work.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 147 x 224 x 17mm | 396g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd Edition
  • 074568842X
  • 9780745688428
  • 1,453,799

Table of contents

1. Defining Environmental History

Introduction

The Themes of Environmental History

Among the Scholarly Disciplines

Environmental History and the Older History


2. Forerunners of Environmental History

Introduction

The Ancient World

Medieval and Early Modern Environmental Thought

The Early Twentieth Century


3. The Emergence of Environmental History in the United States

Introduction

American History from Conservation to Environment

Strands of Environmental History in the United States

Collaborators with Environmental History


4. Local, Regional, and National Environmental Histories

Introduction

Canada

Europe

The Mediterranean

The Middle East and North Africa

India, South and Southeast Asia

East Asia

Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands

Africa

Latin America

The Ancient World and the Middle Ages

Conclusion


5. Global Environmental History

Introduction

Books on World Environmental History

Topics of Global Importance

Environmental Movements

World History Texts

Conclusion


6. Issues and Directions in Environmental History

Introduction

Professionalism

Advocacy

Environmental Determinism

Presentism

Declensionist Narratives

Political-Economic Theory

The Next Issues

Conclusion


7. Thoughts on Doing Environmental History

Introduction

Guidance on Methodology

The Search for Sources

Resources

Conclusion: The Future of Environmental History

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index
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"Anyone seeking help in navigating the shifting shoals of environmental history will give fulsome thanks to Don Hughes for this book. It is far and away the best guide yet to the issues and historiography of this emerging field, spanning the globe and delving into the deep as well as recent past." J. R. McNeill, Georgetown University " What is Environmental History? is a masterfully condensed overview of one of the most urgent and rapidly developing fields of history. Written by a scholar of classical antiquity, it gracefully covers ancient, medieval, and modern periods with a global vision. A state-of-the-art report for any scholar, and a perfect introduction for the student." Sverker Sorlin, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm What is Environmental History? is a masterfully condensed overview of one of the most urgent and rapidly developing fields of history. Written by a scholar of classical antiquity, it gracefully covers ancient, medieval, and modern periods with a global vision. A state-of-the-art report for any scholar, and a perfect introduction for the student. Sverker Sorlin, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm What is Environmental History? is a masterfully condensed overview of one of the most urgent and rapidly developing fields of history. Written by a scholar of classical antiquity, it gracefully covers ancient, medieval, and modern periods with a global vision. A state-of-the-art report for any scholar, and a perfect introduction for the student. Sverker Sorlin, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
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About J. Donald Hughes

J. DONALD HUGHES is John Evans Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Denver, Colorado.
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