Global Environmental History:
 (HIS 201x)

A "ruined forest" in Algeria, c. 1950, from a French forestry manual.

Fall  2013
Wednesdays: 12-3;  SS&H 2202

Dr. D. K. Davis;    Office: 3225 SS&H
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Course Description:
         This graduate seminar will introduce students to global environmental history and overview the foundational works in the field with a focus on the colonial period to the present.  A major goal of the class is to demonstrate the direct contemporary policy relevance of environmental history to sectors such as environment, development, agriculture, public health and many others.  That is, it focuses on environmental history for a sustainable future.  Environmental history is an inherently interdisciplinary field and we will draw on the works of historians, geographers, and other scholars to fully understand the richness and depth of the environmental history literature.  We will explore several different approaches to environmental history and study the strengths and weaknesses of these various approaches.  Some of the more recent work in environmental history grapples with very productive critical approaches that include the consideration of gender, race/ethnicity and class, political economy, post-colonial studies, science studies, the politics of representation, and social/environmental justice, etc. into the writing of environmental history.  We will survey many of these recent works as we focus on student research interests in the last half of the class. 
         Please note that this seminar does not focus on North America.  I assume that if you are interested in American environmental history that you will take Louis Warren’s graduate seminar.

**I welcome graduate students from many different departments in the seminar.**

*Serious undergraduate who have completed HIS 109A may request to take this seminar.*


(Subject to Change.  Will be available at the University Bookstore, do NOT purchase before first class meeting):

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

Grove, Richard. (1997)  Ecology, Climate and Empire: Colonialism and Global Environmental History, 1400-1940. Whitehorse Press.

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

Mark Carey (2010) In the Shadow of Melting Glaciers: Climate Change and Andean Society.  Oxford.

Other Books and articles/chapters TBA.

This Description Subject to Change