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What is Environmental History?. Edition No. 2. What is History?

  • ID: 5227508
  • Book
  • October 2015
  • 200 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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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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J. Donald Hughes
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