The Exploring Environmental History Videodcast is a teaching resource of occasional videos introducing themes in environmental history.
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A short video introducing the subject area of environmental history including some of the major themes such as climate history, the role of disease in history and pollution history. Approximate length: 10 minutes.
This video explores how the landscape of Glen Roy in the Scottish Highlands has been shaped by a past climate. Approximate lenght: 4.5 minutes. Read the essay about the parallel roads.
A short video introducing how mesolithic peoples managed the landscape and manipulated ecosystems in the British Isles. This was the first discernible impact of humans on the environment of Britain. The pattern was very likely repeated throughout Europe. Approximate length: 3.6 minutes.
A short video about the history of air pollution in Britain from the 17th century to the late 20th century. It covers John Evelyn's writings about air quality in London, the Industrial Revolution and the Great London Smog of 1952 and its aftermath. It concludes by suggesting that the traditional smogs have been replaced with photochemical smogs caused by cars. Approximate length: 5.5 minutes.
Video featuring a seminar talk given by Jan Oosthoek in the School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics at the University of Queensland, Brisbane on 22 March 2013.
Since at least the 18th century Scotland has been the centre of forestry knowledge in Britain. Many foresters and botanists trained on Scottish estates went into the colonial service in during the 19th century and what they brought with them was a unique set of forestry skills. This paper examines the influence of Scottish foresters on the development of empire forestry in British India. Scottish-trained foresters aided the adaptation of continental forestry models, mainly German and French, to the Indian conditions, drawing on their experience gained in Scotland. Returning from their service in India they went on to advocate the creation of a forestry service in Scotland, which resonated with landowners who believed that forestry would make the Highlands more productive.
Approximate length: 32 minutes.
You can also listen to the podcast version of this talk (without the slides).
Video featuring the introduction of episode 56 of the Exploring Environmental History podcast.
Approximate length: 2 minutes 14 seconds.
You can listen to the full podcast version fearuring Paul Warde on nature and wilderness as categories of power.
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