Environmental history on the web

These pages provide an annotated guide to resources for researchers, students and teachers interested in environmental history and related fields. The guide is alphabetically organised and the two pages of the guide can be navigated using the alphabet links below. If you know of any relevant resources that are not included in this list submit the title, short description and Web address using the feedback form.

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Academic Info: Environmental History

This site is a gateway to environmental history resources. Although its main focus is on North America there are a number of links reflecting the internationalisation of the field. Unfortunately the list is missing some important links, such as the Forest History Society and the Australian Environmental History Network and some lnks are out of date or the sites included have been inactive for a while. Despite this, it is a reasonable starting point for finding environmental history material on the web.

You find the site at: www.academicinfo.net/ehist.html

American Society for Environmental History

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The website of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) is aimed at presenting the society and its activities to the outside world. The site also provides information about conferences and workshops, programmes of previous conferences, the newsletter, awards and funding and more. The site also provides an overview of tha latest news abou the society and environmental history in North America.

You find the site at: www.aseh.net

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)

ASLE is a scholarly organisation with the aim to promote the study of ideas, and texts concerning the study of literature and the environment. Their website provides information and news about the organisation, developments in the field and publications. It also hosts a bibliography, a library of environmental writing, syllabi, and a list of internet resources.

Access the ASLE website at: www.asle.org

Association of East Asian Environmental History

The Association of East Asian Environmental History (AEAEH) was first was first conceived at the First World Congress of Environmental History in Copenhagen in August 2009. The organisation launched its website in the autumn of the same year and functions as of early 2010 as the main means of communication of AEAEH.

The site is quite basic and provides information about the organisation, a list of members and contact details. More interesting are the sections with reports of activities such as workshops, new publications in the field and information about the first AEAEH conference planned for 2011.

Visit the AEAEH site at www.aeaeh.org/news.htm

Association of South Asia Environmental Historians

The mission of the Association of South Asia Environmental Historians is to promote the understanding of the interaction of people and nature in history, in particular in South Asia. The Association is much focussed on the Indian sub-continent and that is not suprising considering its rich environmental history. The site provides information about membership, the the annual Journal of South Asian Environmental History, links and an events calendar.

Access the ASAEH site at asaeh.org

Australian Forest History Society

The Aim of the Australian History Society is to advance historical understanding of human interactions with Australian forest and woodland environments. Their website provides information about their biannual conferences and you can download thier newsletter, containing book and museum reviews, details of new publications, details of work in progress, requests for information, updates on what AFHS members are doing, current news and a calendar of national and international conferences. The site is the first stop for anyone interested in Australian and New Zealand forest history.

Access the AFHS at www.foresthistory.org.au

Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network

The Australian and New Zealand environmental history network website, hosted by the Australian National University provides a good overview of topics that occupy researchers in Australasia. The site includes a section on forest history, an events calendar, a publications list and links to other sites. Of particular interest is the information about the Environmental History Network that links academic researchers with the government, independent scholars and others in Australia and New Zealand. A good example of the practical application of Environmental History and its interdisciplinary character.

You can access the site at: environmentalhistory-au-nz.org/


Baltic Sea, see Sea and the Cities under S.


Integrated Database in Canadian Environmental History

This resource contains a bibliography of over 25,000 citations. Using a thesaurus adapted to Canadian environmental history, over 15,000 references are indexed back to 1982 and work on adding records prior to 1982 continues.

This resource can be accessed at: www.cieq.uqtr.ca/fci_hec/index_en.php.

See also Network in Canadian History and Environment.

Environmental history on the Carnegie Mellon University library site

This site presents a list of environmental and environmental history organisations. It contains Internet links to web sites of these organisations and to on-line libraries. The site contains also the contents of journals such as Environment and history.

You can find the site at www.library.cmu.edu/bySubject/History/environment.html

The Centre for Research in Environmental History , Stirling, Scotland, UK

The Centre for Research in Enviromental History was originally a research initiative of the Universities of Stirling and St. Andrews, established in 2002. It was the first research Centre in the UK expressly concerned with understanding the development of landscapes and environments in the recent past, and linking these lessons from the past to assist in future land and resource planning and policy-making. At present the successor Centre for Research in Environmental History has grown into an independent research initiative run by the Department of History at Stirling but with a strong interdisciplinary focus.

The site of the cenre can be found at: www.stir.cehp.ac.uk


Environmental history at Department of History and Philosophy of Science
University of Cambridge

This one page is essentially a brief essay introducing environmental history, research areas and methods. It also contains a bibliography and links.

The page can be accessed at: www.hps.cam.ac.uk/research/envhist.html

Documenting Environmental Change at the centre for History and Economics, University of Cambridge

The site is part of a project at the University of Cambridge with the aim to promote interdisciplinary work on historical environmental change. The site provides an easy guide around the project's resources, including a registers of interdisciplinary research projects, a regularly updated news page, and links to other researchers and centres working on similar themes.

The site can be found at: www.envdoc.org


Environmental History Database Austria

The Environmental History Database Austria is a bibliographical database containing approximately 2000 titles relevant for Austrian Environmental History. The database can be queried by time, place, topic of research or by bibliographic data. EHDA is aimed at researchers, students and lecturers in Environmental History and related research fields.

The site can be accessed at: www.ecology.at/ufo/index.php

Envirohistory NZ

As the title suggests the blog is devoted to the environmental history of New Zealand and is run by Dr Catherine Knight, a Japanologist and environmental historian. Although New Zealand is a relatively recently settled country its environmental history is all about human impact and rapid environmental change. This warranted a web presence to bring the environmental history of New Zealand to a wider audience.

The blog is not a one-way street in terms of communication and aims to be a new forum where not just academics or researchers, but anyone who is interested in natural environment and history can exchange ideas. This will be achieved through short essays, random thoughts, discussion, links to research, articles, other sites and resources, this site aims to stimulate discussion and exploration of the way we have related to our environment through history. In addition the blog sports a podcast that discuss themes explored in articles on the blog and will also include interviews with people researching or “making” environmental history. The blog also encourages readers to be active contributors and post comments, send in stories, photos and links to interesting websites. The blog is a great way to network with others interested in New Zealand’s environmental history.

Visit the site at http://envirohistorynz.wordpress.com/.

Environmental History Network for the Middle Ages (ENFORMA)

This website, as it name suggests, is a virtual network of scholars working in the sub-field of medieval environmental history. The site is a central place to share news, conference information, and research ideas of interest to anyone interested in environmental history of the middle ages. Of particular interest are a bibliography and a register of researchers working on medieval environmental history. The teaching resources page provides syllabi but is very limited in scope. Other resources such as links to video material, online articles or source material useful for teaching purposes are not included yet. Material can be contributed and share material using the comment tool on the site. The ENFORMA site has the potential to develop into a valuable resource over time.

Visit the site at medievaleh.org/

Environmental History in Norway

This excellent site is a portal providing information about and for environmental history researchers in Norway. The site is run by Finn Arne Jørgensen, at present (summer 2009) a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The site contains general information about environmental history, a blog discussing practical issues in environmental history, conference reports and the use of digital technology for representing environmental history data and more. The site has also a directory of Norwegian researchers in environmental history, a list of ongoing projects and links to other online resources.

Visit Environmental History in Norway at miljohistorie.net/about/english/.


Envirotech is a special interest group within the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) and focuses on the interrelationship of technology and nature. The group meets twice a year at the meetings of SHOT and the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH). The site is set up as a blog and provides news, essays, links and otehr resources. The group publishes two newsletters a year, which can be downloaded from the site. Further, there are the usual ingredients of sites of academic groups such as news, calls for papers meeting reports etc.

You find the site at: envirotechweb.org/

Environmental History Timeline

This educational website is just a starting point for people who would like to learn more about the wide variety of environmental issues in history. It covers history from antiquity until the present day. A very good resource for environmental history students.

You can find the site at: www.environmentalhistory.org/

European Society for Environmental History

ESEH logo

The site of the European Society for Environmental History is devoted to promote environmental history in Europe. The site presents information about the activities of the society such as the bi-annual conferences and publications. A neat feature are the news page providing information about events and developments relevant to environmental history. One of the most useful features of the site is the bibliography of European Environmental History. You can also register as a member of the society on the site and there is a discussion board that can be used to pose questions to the community. The site aims to provide a platform of communication between European scholars working in the field of environmental history.

You can find the site at: www.eseh.org/


Finnish Gateway to Environmental History

The Finnish Gateway to Environmental History is maintained by the International Environmental History Group (IEHG) based in the history department of the University of Tampere in Finland. The site provides information about the work by IEHG members and for undergraduate students. Useful parts of the site are a list of Finnish Environmental Historians as well as a news page and links to environmental history resources.

The site can be accessed at www.uta.fi/laitokset/historia/iehg/.

Forest History Society, Durham, North Carolina, USA

The Forest History Society links the past to the future by identifying, collecting, preserving, interpreting, and disseminating information on the history of interactions between people, forests, and their related resources - timber, water, soil, forage, fish and wildlife, recreation, and scenic or spiritual values. The focus of the site is from a North American perspective although within a global context. Established in 1946 and incorporated as a non-profit educational institution in 1955, it is affiliated with Duke University.

Two computer information databases are accessible through the web page of the Forest History Society: a directory of relevant archival collections and a bibliographic database. Especially the bibliographic database is a valuable search tool.

You can find the site at www.ForestHistory.org .

Forth Naturalist & Historian, Scotland, UK

The Forth Naturalist and Historian (FNH) is an informal body concerned with the natural and social history of central Scotland. The web site of the FNH contains the content of its principal publication, The Annual Journal of the Forth Naturalist and Historian, from 1993 onwards. In addition the site also contains information on other publications of the FNH and its annual symposium. Many of the articles in its journal and conference themes are in the field of environmental history.

You can find the site at: www.fnh.natsci.stir.ac.uk


H-Environment home page

This site is directly connected to the H-Environment Discussion email list. It is part of H-Net, an international scholarly organisation dedicated to promoting the scholarly use of the Internet and electronic resources. The H-Environment site is supported by the leading organisations in the field such as the ASEH and the European Society for Environmental history.

The site provides a range of resources valuable for everyone interested in environmental history. It includes historiography’s of Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America, Course syllabi, book reviews and much more.

Visit the site at: www.h-net.org/~environ/

History and Sustainability - Research and resources for environmental history and education for sustainable development

This site provides resources and links to those interested in more closely learning from, and enriching the humanities and history in particular in our understanding of the long history and possibly long future of human and environmental interactions.

The History and Sustainability project seeks to bring together environmental, economic and social historians, historians of political thought, anthropologists and others to address these questions. The project also seeks to build links between different educational providers within and without academia, in developing the study of History and Sustainability.

The website provides links, resources, papers, course profiles and research and events news in the UK and international community for environmental historians and sustainability studies.

Visit the site at: www.historyandsustainability.org/


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