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Week 1

Thursday 4 October

1- One-hour lecture: What is Environmental History? Concepts and History of a Field

Indicative bibliography (these readings are not compulsory)

Alfred W. Crosby, “The Past and Present of Environmental History,” American Historical Review, 100/4 (1995), pp. 1177–1189

James Beattie, “Recent Themes in the Environmental History of the British Empire,” History Compass, 10/ 2 (2012), pp. 129–139

J. Donald Hughes, “Global Environmental History: The Long View,” Globalizations, 2/3 (2005), pp. 293-308

Paul Warde and Sverker Sörlin, “The Problem of the Problem of Environmental History: A Re-reading of the Field and its Purpose,” Environmental History, 12/1 (2007), pp. 107–130

K. Pomeranz, ‘World History and Environmental History’, in E. Burke and K. Pomeranz (eds.), The Environment and World History, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999), pp. 191-210

Sverker Sörlin, “The Contemporaneity of Environmental History: Negotiating Scholarship, Useful History, and the New Human Condition,” Journal of Contemporary History, 46/ 3 (2011), pp. 610–30

Gabriella Corona, conversation with Piero Bevilacqua, Guillermo Castro, Ranjan Chakrabarti, Kobus du Pisani, J.R. McNeill, Donald Worster, “What is Global Environmental History?”, Global Environment, 2 (2009), pp. 228–249

Ranjan Chakrabarti, (ed.), Situating Environmental History (New Delhi: Manohar, 2007).

Andrew C. Isenberg, “Introduction: A New Environmental History, in Andrew C. Isenberg (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History, (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 1–23.

Richard Grove and Vinita Damodaran, “Imperialism, Intellectual Networks, and Environmental Change: Unearthing the Origins and Evolution of Global Environmental History” in Sverker Sörlin and Paul Warde (eds), Nature’s End: History and the Environment (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2009), pp. 23–49.

Carolyn Merchant, “Gender and Environmental History,” Journal of American History, 76/4 (1990), pp. 1117–1121

Robert M. Schwartz. “Scaling Up: Joachim Radkau and the Project of Global Environmental History”, Social Science History, 37/3 (2013), pp. 311–324

Joachim Radkau, Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment, (2002, transl. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2008)

2- One-hour seminar: Oceans and maritime spaces


Helen M. Rozwadowski. “The Promise of Ocean History for Environmental History”, Journal of American History, 100/1 (2013), pp. 136–139

Ryan T. Jones, “Environment”, in David Armitage and Alison Bashford (eds), Pacific Histories. Oceans, Land, People, (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014), pp. 121–142

J. R. McNeill, “Of Rats and Men: A Synoptic Environmental History of the Island Pacific”, Journal of World History, 5 (1994), pp. 299–349

Seminar questions

1-What are the main ecological changes which have occurred in the Pacific since the 18th century? Try to name 3 and to date them.

2-What is ecological imperialism?

3-Why are oceans interesting ‘case studies’ for environmental historians?