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Tuesday, 27 May 2014
The latest episode of Exploring Environmental History explores the early history of the American forestry movement in the 19th century. While the origins of forestry in the United States have been the topic of sustained interest amongst environmental and forest historians, the history of the early forestry movement itself remains neglected. This is partly due to the manner in which later professional foresters often air brushed their “forest sentimentalist” predecessors out of the story and forest historians focused their narratives on of the development of forestry science and the modern Forestry Service, isolating that institution's history from the broader social movement in which it originated. This broader movement advocated forestry not just as a means to produce timber for an increasingly industrialized nation but also as a vehicle of social reform and religious awakening. One of the pioneers in this movement, and a key advocate of Arbor Day, village improvement and forestry education, was Connecticut educator Birdsey G. Northrop. This episode of the podcast explores the alternative origins, entanglements and civic orientation of early forestry in the US through Northrop’s forgotten tour of Europe’s Forestry Schools in the summer of 1877. This journey and the impact it had on American forestry is a theme studied by the guest on episode 60 of the podcast, Jay Bolthouse, a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences at the University of Tokyo.
Listen to podcast episode 60.
wednesday, 2 April 2014
A new short video has been published on the EH Resources YouTube Channel that explores the ideas of Thomas Malthus and his predictions for the growth of the human population. The video investigates the background of Malthus' ideas, the mathematical basis of it and how it influenced the debate about population growth in the latter half of 20th century. The video concludes with a brief discussion if Malthus' predictions have come true or not in the light of the high food prices in the first decade of the 21st century.
Friday, 14 February 2014
The Environmental History Resources site has launced a YouTube channel in order to consolidate its video material and bring it all together in one place. The existing videos have all been updated and converted to HD video quality, which means the videos can be watched full screen on a computer and it adapts dynamically to fit a mobile device. A couple of new titles are in the works and will be released in the coming weeks.
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Tuesday, 12 November 2013
The widespread perception of a global environmental crisis has stimulated the burgeoning interest in environmental studies. This has encouraged a wide range of scholars, including historians, to place the environment at the heart of their analytical and conceptual explorations. As a result, the understanding of the history of human interactions with all parts of the cultivated and non-cultivated surface of the earth and with living organisms and other physical phenomena is increasingly seen as an essential aspect both of historical scholarship and in adjacent fields, such as the history of science, anthropology, geography and sociology. Environmental history can be of considerable assistance in efforts to comprehend the traumatic environmental difficulties facing us today, while making us reconsider the bounds of possibility open to humans over time and space in their interaction with different environments.
A new book series by Palgrave Macmillan explores these interactions in studies that together touch on all parts of the globe and all manner of environments including the built environment. Books in the series will come from a wide range of fields of scholarship, from the sciences, social sciences and humanities. The series particularly encourages interdisciplinary projects that emphasize historical engagement with science and other fields of study.
The publisher is seeking proposals for local and regional environmental history set in a global and trans-national context.
For more information about the book series and topics download the flyer.
Thursday, 3 October 2013
Jan Oosthoek recently guest hosted an episode of Nature's past and Interviewed Sean Kheraj, the usual presenter of the podcast, about his new book entitled Inventing Stanley Park. An Environmental History.
In 1888, the City of Vancouver officially opened its first urban park to the public, Stanley Park. The park lies adjacent to downtown Vancouver, encompassing a nearly 1,000-acre peninsula. It is one of the best-known parks in Canada and its history has shaped the city of Vancouver for more than a century.
Since the mid-nineteenth century, North American city officials have created parks for leisure and recreation within urban environments. The shape, meaning, and idea of city parks has changed over time. On this episode of the podcast, we speak with environmental historian Sean Kheraj about his new book Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History of Stanley Park.
Visit Nature's Past main page at http://niche-canada.org/naturespast
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