HIS 108:

(Nature and Power: Histories of Global Environmental Change)

Winter 2017

T/TH:  10:30-12,  147 Olson

Dr. D. K. Davis

This course will provide an overview of the environmental history of the world and an analysis of environmental change over time.  Environmental history encompasses the history of environmental change and also the history of how human perceptions and manipulations of nature have changed over time.  Environmental history is an inherently interdisciplinary topic with a complex subject matter.  It differs in several ways from standard approaches to historical study and this diversity, including some basic earth science material, will be apparent from our readings and lectures.  By learning how much the environment has changed due to natural and human forces over the last 10,000 years, we will be better able to understand, and hopefully help to solve, the pressing environmental problems we face today in order to work towards a more sustainable future.

Fulfills the GE Social Science and Arts & Humanities requirement.  This is not a writing course.

 Required Books (these are subject to change):

Arnold, David (1996) The Problem of Nature:  Environment, Culture and European Expansion. Oxford: Blackwell.

Hall, Marcus (2005) Earth Repair: A Transatlantic History of Environmental Restoration.  University of Virginia Press. 

McNeill, John R. (2000)
Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World.  New York: WW Norton.

Several articles and book chapters will compliment the main texts. 

Students will be
evaluated based on their performance in class discussions and exams and quizzes that include short essays, multiple choice and true false questions.  Other assignments may be added.

This course description is subject to change.