Canadian scholars
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2006 canadian evironmental history cvr
Canadian Scholars’ Press
400 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
October 2006
Print ISBN: 9781551303109
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Overview

In an era of increasing environmental awareness, Canadians are becoming more and more curious about the context of environmental action and policy. Canadian Environmental History puts into historical perspective the complex and often reciprocal relationships that develop between human societies and their environment. By studying the interplay between various historical forces—changing ideas, settlement patterns, resource use, political factors, social change, and ecology—this rigorous and provocative new volume aims to introduce students to the complexity of environmental problems.

This book recasts Canadian history in the context of the environment and encourages students to use concepts such as bioregionalism, environmentalism, and ecological theory to better understand patterns of Canadian settlement, resource use, and changing environmental sensibilities.

Features:

  • contributions from leading Canadian and international historians, including Colin M. Coates, Ramsay Cooke, Ken Cruikshank, and Donald Worster
  • critical thinking questions to spark independent thought and encourage discussion
  • comprehensive introductions to help contextualize each major section and orient students
  • further reading and relevant websites to point students toward resources for further study


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Table of Contents

Preface

PART I: INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY

Chapter One: Doing Environmental History
Donald Worster

Chapter Two: The Uses of Environmental History
William Cronon

Chapter Three: Eve: Nature and Narrative
Carolyn Merchant

Chapter Four: A Death-Defying Attempt to Articulate a Coherent Definition of Environmental History
Douglas R. Weiner

PART II: PRE-CONTACT ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY

Chapter Five: The Pristine Myth: The Landscape of the Americas in 1492
William M. Denevan

Chapter Six: Fire
Shepard Krech

PART III: BIOLOGY AND IMPERIALISM IN NORTH AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY

Chapter Seven: Ecological Imperialism: The Overseas Migration of Western Europeans as a Biological Phenomenon
Alfred W. Crosby

Chapter Eight: Making a Garden out of a Wilderness
Ramsay Cook

Chapter Nine: Averting Disaster: The Hudson's Bay Company and Smallpox in Western Canada during the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries
Paul Hackett

PART IV: PRE-INDUSTRIAL RESOURCES AND THE CHANGING CULTURE OF NATURE

Chapter Ten: Marketing Wildlife: The Hudson's Bay Company and the Pacific Northwest, 1821-1849
Lorne Hammond

Chapter Eleven: Like "The Thames towards Putney": The Appropriation of Landscape in Lower Canada
Colin M. Coates

Chapter Twelve: Killing the Canadian Buffalo, 1821-1881
William A. Dobak

PART V: INDUSTRIALIZATION

Chapter Thirteen: Rivers of Sawdust: The Battle over Industrial Pollution in Canada, 1865-1903
R. Peter Gillis

Chapter Fourteen: Blighted Areas and Obnoxious Industries: Constructing Environmental Inequality on an Industrial Waterfront, Hamilton, Ontario, 1890-1960
Ken Cruikshank and Nancy B. Bouchier

PART VI: SUSTAINABILITY AND CONSERVATION

Chapter Fifteen: "Let Us Heed the Voice of Youth": Laundry Detergents, Phosphates, and the Emergence of the Environmental Movement in Ontario
Jennifer Read

Chapter Sixteen: Where the Scientists Roam: Ecology, Management, and Bison in Northern Canada
John Sandlos

Chapter Seventeen: Changing Ecologies: Preservation in Four National Parks, 1935-1965
Alan MacEachern

David Freeland Duke

Dr. David Freeland Duke is an assistant professor and environmental historian in the Department of History and Classics at Acadia University.


Reviews

"The material selected represents some of the most current Canadian contributions in environmental history. Its availability to students in a new reader is most welcome."
—  George Colpitts, University of Calgary

"The material selected represents some of the most current Canadian contributions in environmental history. Its availability to students in a new reader is most welcome."
- George Colpitts, University of Calgary

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