Historical approaches to the environment from all continents of the world based on exciting new scholarship
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'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
'Nature's End deserves a wide audience. Environmental historians of all sorts will find it useful, as few such collections can boast such a rich and diverse array of contributions, ranging widely in geographical and chronological scope and presenting several methodological and conceptual approaches.' - William Cavert, H-Environment
'...thought-provoking...Hopefully, this volume will guide environmental and cultural historians towards fruitful interaction.' - European History Quarterly
Environmental History is one of the most exciting and rapidly expanding new areas of historical study, and it draws upon a wide range of disciplines for its insights and themes. With contributions from historians, geographers, anthropologists and natural scientists, Nature's End provides fifteen essays that cover key themes and methods in the field and address both newcomers and seasoned practitioners. 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, as well as the importance of ecology, conservation, risk and human destiny.
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